By Mike Amdany
Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman, Wafula Chebukati must do the right thing and resign from his position as the leader of the electoral commission in Kenya.
Going by the results contained in the servers as initially released by the commission, glaring mistakes point to a leader who was not in charge and completely powerless. It’s even more an embarrassing reflection of how incompetent the chairman is, given that he could not take a moment to make corrections to obvious mistakes contained in the server before releasing them, not until there was public outcry.
Kenya for sure, does not have a shortage of fools and Chebukati one of them. Independent IEBC’s admission of blunder in 2017 General polls after data from 2017 General Elections surfaced online points to an admission of guilty as charged.
On Sunday 17 May,2020, data was posted on the IEBC website which had massive irregularities, three years after the elections were conducted.
According to the data, it was revealed that some Members of the National Assembly did not outrightly win their seats. For instance, Suba North Member of Parliament, Hon. Millie Odhiambo lost her seat to Noah Onyango, who garnered 27,208 votes against Millie’s 65 votes. As per IEBC servers, Hon, Millie vied on an ANC ticket; Hon. Millie has been a member of ODM for years and is the current MP on an ODM party.
Another notable error showed that the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth suffered a humiliating defeat from Judah Martin, with a margin of more than 60,000 votes.
Citing typographical errors, the commission deleted the data from their website.
In a statement released to the press, IEBC said, “The commission has recalled the 2017 General Election data that was uploaded on the IEBC website after a few typographical errors occasioned by massive data were noted. The corrected document will be re-uploaded and shared in due course. Inconvenience caused highly regrettable,” reads the IEBC statement.
IEBC’s admission of guilty is a clear indication of failure and incompetence by the IEBC. Therefore, Chebukati has no leg to stand on. He does not have credibility to head an independent commission. He should therefore resign from IEBC.