The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) released the results of the August 9 presidential election on Monday, August 15, one week after Kenyans went to the ballot.
IEBC Chairman, Wafula Wanyonyi Chebukati, went ahead to declare Deputy President William Ruto as the president-elect despite four commissioners distancing themselves from the results.
However, what stood out was the percentage of the overall votes garnered by Ruto, Azimio la Umoja's Raila Odinga, Roots Party's George Wajackoyah, and Agano Party's David Mwaure.
According to IEBC official presidential results, total valid votes received by the four stood at 14,213,137. While Ruto got 7,176,141, an equivalent of 50.49 per cent, Raila got 6,942,930 (48.85 per cent), Wajackoya 61,969 (0.44 per cent) and Mwaure 31,987 (0.23 per cent), the total percentage stood at 100.01.IEBC Commissioners hold presser at Nairobi Hotel on Monday, August 15, 2022.Courtesy
The 0.01 per cent above the 100 per cent mark is an equivalent of 1,420 votes.
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Martin Andati, a political analyst stated that the 100.1 percent of the total votes cast may have been caused by a wrong tabulation of figures that the presidential candidates received.
The Chebukati-led Commission has faced criticism from Kenyans over its handling of previous elections that have been disputed.
In the year 2017, Chebukati and his team oversaw an election that was the first in the country to be nullified by the Supreme Court.
His team also oversaw a repeat election 60 days later with the opposition led by former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, refusing to participate.
In this year's election, the Azimio la Umoja team has already disputed the outcoming, arguing that there were cases of irregularities and interference of the whole polling process.
Whereas Chebukati stated that the process was free, fair, credible and verifiable, four of his commissioners argued that the tallying process was opaque and shrouded in mystery.
He also noted that this would be the last election he was overseeing as the chairman of the IEBC.
"This will be my last election to preside and those who will come later will find an independent Commission. The people of Kenya exercised their democratic right and this is the will of the people,’’ stated Chebukati as he announced the results.
IEBC's final presidential election results have all indications that the outcome will be challenged at the Supreme Court.
This is after the Azimio team agued that it had received information that the IEBC votes transmission system had been infiltrated by some external people.IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati handing over an election certificate to President-elect William Ruto at Bomas of Kenya on August 15, 2022Kenyans.co.ke
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