The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati has asked The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Keriako Tobiko to probe and prosecute Garissa electoral officials accused of doctoring results in October 26th presidential elections after receiving a report from a group of civil societies.
The group of civil societies under the ‘Kura Yangu, Sauti Yangu’ banner that were accredited by IEBC to monitor the repeat presidential election on Thursday last week accused IEBC of making deliberate errors during vote tallying.
The ‘Kura Yangu, Sauti Yangu’ (KYSY) cited mismatches and inconsistencies between the results on the IEBC portal, the register and the number of valid votes cast as shown in an examples below;
Above; Garissa County,Original Form34A is 140 but IEBC portal says 440 valid votes were cast
Above; Garissa County,another Original Form34A showing 59 but IEBC portal showing 430 valid votes were cast.
In their report, the KYSY claimed that this is only one of the anomalies from across the country that proved the final results announced by Wafula Chebukati were wrong and marred with errors in favor of the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta who garnered about 7.4 million votes.
Mr Chebukati would seem to agree with them and wrote letter asking the DPP to initiate investigations and possible subsequent prosecution of the responsible electoral officials in respect of the fresh presidential elections.
“We write to notify you, that the Commission has since learnt of an adverse report released by ‘Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu’, a lobby group whose members had erstwhile been accredited as election observers by the Commission. Of particular concern to the Commission are specific allegations that some of our electoral officials in Garissa county, Garissa Township Constituency, Galbet county assembly ward, ASK showground polling station, and variously Bolargy primary school polling station in Iftin county assembly ward within the same Garissa Township constituency supposedly knowingly filled and filed returns which they knew to inaccurate or did not believe to be true; and/or otherwise colluded or acted in a partisan manner t give undue advantage to a candidate or a political party. These allegations, if substantiated, would be in violation of Section 6, Election Offenses Act.” said Chebukati.
“We therefore invite your office to undertake apt investigations in respect of these allegations, with the view of establishing the veracity of this allegations, and subsequently institute criminal prosecution in respect of any and all officials found culpable or complicit. I have deputed our Manager, Investigations and Prosecution Mr Crispine Owiye firstname.lastname@example.org to liase with your officers on this matter, even as I confirm our commitment to cooperate to expedite the matters hereto.” he added.