By Judith Gicobi
On Tuesday, August 9, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) unveiled a new webpage to assist Kenyans in checking and verifying the presidential results online.
The IEBC has made it possible for the general public to access results announced across all of the more than 46,000 polling stations online in real-time, a move that commentators have interpreted as an effort by the electoral body to promote openness in the transmission of the results.
You can access copies of the results in Form 34A from every polling place in the 47 counties of the nation at https://forms.iebc.or.ke/.
Form 34A is the first form used to tabulate the presidential election results according to Kenyan election laws.
The Presiding Officer (PO) completes the form following the counting of votes at the polling place level.
The PO must use the KIEMS kit to scan the form and then use the device to send the image to the national tallying center.
The results announced at the polling place, according to IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati, are considered final.
Any complaints or discrepancies that may arise in the results Form 34A can only be resolved by the Supreme Court through a presidential election petition. Any complaints with respect to the results announced at the polling station must be resolved by the Presiding Officer,” Chebukati said last week while responding to Azimio-One Kenya and Kenya Kwanza formations’ concern about the results declaration form.
“There can be no discrepancy between the results recorded in Form 34A at the polling station and those transmitted electronically or even those received by the Returning Officer because it is essentially the same form captured by the Presiding Officer, witnessed by agents with a resultant five carbon copies,” he added.