After an orderly voting process, Kenya’s 2017 elections has degenerated into a now familiar problem. The announcement of completely unverifiable results will, if unaddressed, create serious political instability.
The primary problem is the announcement of results. The manner in which results are to be handled was the subject of political negotiations that led to amendments to the Elections Act late last year. In accordance with the amendment, the IEBC is required to transmit, in the prescribed form—that is, Form 34—tabulated results from a polling station to the Constituency Tallying Centre and the National Tallying Centre. The law also requires that the IEBC shall publish the Form 34As on its online portal.