Chebukati threatens to evict party agents disrupting vote tally

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati has warned party agents against causing disruptions at the National Tallying Centre in Bomas of Kenya.

According to Chebukati, disruption by Azimio La Umoja and Kenya Kwanza party agents witnessed last evening during the tallying of presidential results in delaying the process which is required to be concluded by Tuesday.

“We have observed that we are not moving as fast as we should. This exercise needs to be concluded as soon as possible,” said Chebukati.

Chebukati says a Supreme Court ruling restricted the role of party agents to observing of the tallying process and signing of the relevant statutory forms.

While the agents are not allowed to receive the forms, they are however issued with the statutory forms received to verify results transmitted to the commission.

“We advise that agents in this exercise cannot proceed in the manner which we are proceeding as if we are conducting forensic audit,” he said.

The party agents are required to observe and document the tallying process and compare form 34s issued and inform IEBC on any errors.

IEBC says in order to speed up the tallying process each returning officer from 290 constituencies will be given 15 minutes during the tallying process.

“I was here last night until this morning. I observed a few incidents of disruption of the process. Please restrain yourself from disrupting this national exercise. If there are any incidents of disruption we will remove you from this National Tallying Centre,” warned Chebukati.

The Elections Act 2011 provides appointment of agents by political parties and candidates who must be available during the tallying process.

  

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