By Special Correspondent
October 28th, 2017,
An analysis of IEBC’s Thursday election results and subsequent communication by the Chairman Wafula Chebukati gives conflicting information casting doubt on the credibility of the elections.
Yesterday Mr. Chebukati announced that the election that was planned for today in four counties namely Homabay, Kisumu, Migori, and Bungoma was postponed. A view of IEBC portal that official display the transmitted results showed that Kisumu West Constituency, one that is among the stations that were postponed is transmitting results on the portal. It showed a voter turnout of 51 by Saturday 1 pm.
The chairman who has previously come under scrutiny for conflicting results in the August polls has suspended any questions from the media. His boycott of the media questions relating to the Thursday’s repeat polls raises more questions.
When Mr. Chebukati spoke to the media yesterday he said that there was a voter turnout of 6.5 million which he estimated to 48 percent. One wonders then why should he give estimates when the electoral KIEMS systems give results on a real-time basis. Concerns are that he should have real-time updates, not estimates.
Going by the tallies by several media stations across the country shows that Uhuru is leading by close to 7.3 million further surpassing the 6.5 million turnouts that Chebukati announced earlier.
According to IEBC statement, yesterday close to 35,000 polling stations conducted the polls. The figure has kept rising and the agency now says that close to 37,000 polling stations participated in the polls.
Mr. Chebukati has chosen to announce updates via his personal Twitter handle to communicate the updates as opposed to IEBC official Twitter handle. The IEBC Twitter handle has not posted any updates yet.
Why then is he choosing his personal account as opposed to the agency’s official account?