August 9

Civil society accuses IEBC of election irregularities

Monday, August 15th, 2022 01:00 | By
Election irregularities
Members of Angaza movement address a press conference in Nairobi. PHOTO/Angaza Movement(@AngazaMovement)/Twitter

Civil Society organisations yesterday demanded that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) be held accountable for what they claimed were “electoral offences.”

More than 10 civil society organisations under the Angaza Movement accused IEBC of “complacency on the glaring irregularities and electoral malpractices.”

“This obviously raises public anxiety on the credibility of the electoral body and the accuracy of the results, as recorded and transmitted, and will undermine the outcome,” they said in a joint statement read by Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) Executive Director Davis Malombe and Gladwell Otieno of Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) during a news conference near Bomas of Kenya.

The organisations demanded that IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati accounts for what they claimed were irregularities in tallying of votes.

“The Angaza movement notes with concern alarming accounts of electoral offences, irregularities and other electoral malpractices that threaten to undermine the credibility of this election and the results yet to be announced by the IEBC,” Malombe said.

“As results continue to be issued through Forms 34B, inconsistencies in tallying and in the presentation of the different forms emanating from various constituencies are being noted by observers,” Otieno (pictured) said.

Electoral laws

She said disorder witnessed at the Bomas of Kenya in the last two days would undermine this election’s outcome.

Otieno warned this could be a recipe for chaos if the Commission fails to take control of the process in the remaining hours.

“There is blatant abuse of the electoral laws in terms of counting, verification, correction of errors and certification of recorded results despite IEBC’s assurance that this exercise will be transparent,” she pointed out.

Wambua Kawiive of Inuka Kenya called for the prosecution of IEBC personnel who have been accused of involvement in alteration of results.

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