Why are the Kenyan Elections in dispute?

 

The dispute is over presidential results that were verbally announced as final on August 11th, and the numbers and documentation released on the website of the electoral board.

Ten days after the announcement, documentation on the website portal of the IEBC (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) remains incomplete and numbers are wildly contradictory.

The public expectation, created by the IEBC itself, was that presidential results would not and could not be announced without supporting documentation displayed on the website.

Ezra Chiloba, the electoral board CEO, said during a simulation exercise of the electronic results transmission on August 2nd, that Kenyans would have real time access and be able to develop real time tallies of the polls. He reassured media and the public in general they would have “unfettered access to all the results from all the polling stations” as the results came in1. Despite these assurances, parallel tallying efforts experienced severer pressure from the state throughout the election cycle.

According to the IEBC, the electronic transmission system was configured so that the ‘submit’ button could only show after a full entry of data had been made, which included the scanned copy of the declaration form from the polling station. The numbers and the scanned images would be digitally transmitted simultaneously by the electronic system known as the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System, or KIEMS. IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati explicitly stated that “the primary document and what [IEBC] will use as the final result- is the scanned document” 

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