Kenya opposition leaders want Raila Odinga declared president

By David Indeje / August 10, 2017



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The National Super Alliance (NASA) Kenya’s opposition coalition party demands that its Presidential Candidate and running mate be declared winner of the presidential elections.

Addressing the media on Thursday, NASA Presidential Campaign Chief Agent Musalia Mudavadi declared that the electoral commission’s legitimate data showed Raila Odinga was leading by 8,041,726 and Uhuru Kenyatta 7,155,428 votes according to a confidential source.

“These are good as final,” said Mudavadi. “The IEBC will make its declaration, but we are pointing out.”

The coalition also said it had delivered a letter to the IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati stating alleged irregularities and anomalies in presidential results.

“We acknowledge the  receipt of your letter dated 10th August, 2017,” said Wafula Chebukati, in response to NASA.

The Commission’s response was: “The Constitution and the law do not envisage a situation where a  a candidate  in an election demands that he be declared the winner of an election based on results that he has provided to the commission.”

Chebukati further stressed that NASA’s demands ‘constitute a direct violation and breach of the independence of the commission and are therefore unconstitutional.”

“The final results of the Presidential Election is that declared by the Chairperson of the Commission being the aggregate of the results announced by the 290 Constituency Returning Officers.

The Commission is receiving Forms 34B, meaning that the transmission of the results of the Presidential Election have still not been completed. The accurate and lawful result will thus only be ascertained once all the Form 34Bs are received by the Commission
and the results therein collated.

The Commission reiterates that its commitment to strictly comply with the provisions of the Constitution and the law. In that regard the Commission will only declare the results of the Presidential Election as directed by Article 138(3)(c) & 138(10)of the Constitution,” Wafula Chebukati, IEBC Chair.


On Wednesday, Raila disputed the presidential results alleging that they were not backed by Forms 34As.

“The system has failed. It is the machines that are voting. These results are fictitious and fake, it is a sham. They cannot be credible,” Raila had said demanding that the IEBC to produce all forms 34As.

“We have our results and they don’t match what IEBC is streaming on their portal,” he spoke to the media at 2am Wednesday.

Further, he alleged that the results were manipulated by the IEBC system being hacked.

“We have caught them. Hackers gained entry into the election database through Msando’s account and directly into chairman Wafula Chebukati’s account,” he had said.

However, the IEBC officials said their system had not been breached.

“Our election management system is secure. There was no external interference to the system at any point before, during, and after voting,” Ezra Chiloba, IEBC CEO told the media on Wednesday.


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Earlier on Thursday, Election observers had issued statements stating that the polls were credible and  transparent.

On the other hand, the Kura Yangu  Sauti Yangu coalition on the election process faulted the IEBC for  uploading a few Forms34A on the public portal.
“These are faint and illegible, with some neither staped by Presiding Officers in accordance with the law.”

“ The law requires all these Forms 34A be uploaded onthe public portal. unless and until this is done, there is no legal basis for IEBC to release any presidential results.”

Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu posed the question that, “Why the IEBC could spend an estimated KSH 54 billion in taxpayer and donor funds on this election, including  the acquisition of technology to send and display  results to the public in real time, without this technology being used as intended.

The effect of this is that the transmission of results is as problematic in 2017 as was in 2007 and 2013.”

The said the IEBC chair should step up to the plate and rein in the CEO (Ezra Chiloba) to limit damage to public confidence in the IEBC as a whole.

They also faulted the observers stating that, “Polling day has never been the problem. The problem begins after polling, particularly during and following the counting, tallying, transmission and announcement of results.”

Speaking at the Bomas of Kenya on Thursday, Chebukati assured Kenyans that the commission will remain transparent during the process.

Form 34B contains the total votes of the presidential tally from all the constituencies only  117 forms out of the 290 forms had been received by the commission and were currently being verified.

The commission said only 1,032 of the 40,883 polling stations had not transmitted Forms 34A.


From the results tallied, Jubilee Party candidate Uhuru Kenyatta still holds a strong lead, with 8,101,813 votes (54.26 percent), Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA) is in second position with 6,700,362 votes(44.86 percent),

Joseph Nyaga is in 3rd position with 37, 318 votes followed by Mohamed Abduba Dida with 36,684 votes.

Ekuru Aukot of the Third Alliance has garnered 26,820 votes.
The number of rejected votes stand at 397,733 while the number of valid votes stand at 14, 918,735.



About David Indeje

David Indeje is a writer and editor, with interests on how technology is changing journalism, government, Health, and Gender Development stories are his passion. Follow on Twitter @David_Indeje David can be reached on: (020) 528 0222 / Email: [email protected]

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