Kenya: Report reveals errors on presidential poll forms
At least 30 constituencies have been marred by irregularities within the transmission of presidential leads to the August eight elections.
This is in response to a random scrutiny finished by a staff of specialists appointed by the Supreme Court.
A report filed by Registrar of Supreme Court Esther Nyaiyaki exhibits complete of four,120 forms 34As have been sampled throughout 5 counties and upon verification, some have been detected as carbon copies whereas others weren’t signed as required by the legislation.
It was additionally found that 41,541 forms 34As have been used to announce presidential outcomes, which exceeds the 40,883 gazetted polling stations throughout the nation.
“I needed to ascertain the exact number of forms delivered. This was done by matching the index with the list of all constituencies per county against the forms received per constituencies per county which was used to mark the forms received against each constituency,” Ms Nyaiyaki mentioned.
The constituencies concerned within the sampled verification embody Chuka/ Igamba Ng’ombe, Nyaribari Masaba, Mandera West, Mandera South, Bumula, Kabuchai and Sirisia.
The others are Mount Elgon, Bonchari, South Mugirango, Bomachoge Borabu, Bobasi, Bomachoge Chache, Nyaribari Masaba, Nyaribari Chache, Kitutu Chache North, Kitutu Chache South, Lafey and Banisa.
Mandera North, Mandera South, Mandera East, Embakasi Central, Makadara, Embakasi West, Roysambu, Embakasi East, Embakasi North and Maara constituencies have been additionally affected by the irregularities.
The report was ready by Prof Elijah Omwenga and Prof Joseph Sevilla because the court docket appointed ICT specialists and Ms Janet Kadenyi a Judiciary worker.
Interestingly, election petitions have been filed within the High Court difficult the election of MPs in these constituencies.
According to Ms Nyaiyaki, a complete of 84 field recordsdata containing all of the licensed forms from the IEBC representatives have been submitted to the court docket and counted by a staff of as much as 50 folks, amongst them 10 deputy registrars from the High Court.
The staff was supervised by the registrars of the Court of Appeal, High Court and Magistrates Court.
The scrutiny was finished by randomly selecting the forms to pattern and verify- checking and confirming whether or not the forms bear the watermarks and the serial numbers.
The handing over of the paperwork was a course of between the IEBC and the Judiciary with the events within the case performing as eye witnesses.
There have been additionally forms 34As which didn’t bear the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s stamp.