Kenya election: IEBC races against time to beat Tuesday deadline

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission clerks verify presidential results at the national tallying centre, The Bomas of Kenya, in Nairobi on Saturday. PHOTO | AFP

The electoral commission has made adjustments to the presidential results verification process at the national tallying centre in Bomas of Kenya as it races against time to meet the Tuesday deadline.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson Wafula Chebukati has said they have reversed the process to speed up verification of results from returning officers.

Initially, Returning Officers were expected to first go through verification desks before presenting the results to the National Returning Officer.

Mr Chebukati said processing one Returning Officer was taking between three and four hours. Only 141 returning officers out of the 265 have been processed, leaving 124 waiting.

“Due to the slow process, some of our returning officers have stayed here for three days which is unacceptable,” he added.

He ordered all the returning officers, who are yet to be processed, to hand over their forms to him as the national tallying officer.

The RO’s will then go to the IEBC ICT desk for verification of the transmitted results in forms 34A against the original forms 34A.

Presidential agents will then be given copies of results forms 34A and 34B and original documents for verification.

The new verification flow, said the IEBC boss, will guarantee faster processing of the results and allow the commission to meet constitutional timeliness for processing of presidential results.

“We are reversing the flow of the ongoing process and we believe that this will fasten the process,” he said.

Further to the new directives, Commissioner Abdi Guliye said going forward, only presidential agents, their legal assistants, chief agents and their deputies, clerks doing the verification process, media, diplomats and observers will be allowed inside the auditorium.

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