By Kennedy Epalat and Margaret Kalekye
KANU Monday morning failed to honour summons by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to shed more light on rigging claims against Jubilee Party in the just concluded Kericho Senator by-election.
Efforts to reach party’s Secretary General Nick Salat were futile as his phone went an unanswered.
IEBC had summoned KANU leaders to shed light on claims of electoral malpractice or misconduct in the by-election.
This comes after KANU leaders released a statement Sunday accusing the electoral commission of rigging the Kericho by-election in favor of the jubilee candidate Aaron Cheruiyot.
Addressing a press conference at KANU Headquarters in Nairobi, the party’s National Secretary General Nick Salat disclosed that a group of experts employed by the party to probe the by election outcome, revealed massive discrepancies occasioned by use of technology which manipulated the outcome.
Salat charged that the IEBC was only relaying results wired to its servers by JAP which had been manipulated to inflate the figures of the eventual winner Aaron Cheruiyot.
Salat said that the tallying done by its officials confirmed that Paul Sang won by 126,000 votes against Aaron Cheruiyot’s 33,000, but the Jubilee Alliance Party and the IEBC rigged the election in favor of Cheruiyot. IEBC announced Cheruiyot the winner with 109,358 votes against Sang’s 56,397.
He claimed that the Geometric Progression Formula ensured that every vote cast for JAP candidate was multiplied by 1.5 to gain undue advantage.
He said this alleged rigging was conducted in a different command centre set up by Jubilee Alliance Party.
In a rejoinder, the Commission says it has not received a formal complaint and strict proof from KANU concerning claims of electoral malpractices and impropriety on the part of the Commission in the Kericho by-election.
According to IEBC, the Kericho by-elections were properly conducted and met the threshold of free and fair elections.
In a statement released Sunday signed by the Commission’s CEO Ezra Chiloba, the by-elections were monitored and observed by accredited independent observers.
The Commission is in the process of compiling the report of the by-elections.
“Any party, candidate or member of the public who has any complaints regarding the conduct of both the Malindi and Kericho by-elections is free to report to the Commission for appropriate action” said Chiloba.
He added “The Commission will not hesitate to invoke appropriate sanctions against individuals or parties that are clearly in breach of the Code of Conduct or the Elections Act”
KANU has claimed that its candidate Paul Sang won the recent Kericho by-election by garnering over 126,000 votes against JAPs’ candidate Aaron Cheruiyots 38,000.
IEBC announced Cheruiyot the winner with 109,358 votes against Sang’s 56,397.