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US Institute calls out Cherera for poor calculations

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By Judith Gicobi

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Vice Chairperson, Juliana Cherera, and three other commissioners have come under fire from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) for what it called “poor mathematics.”

The institute founded by the US Congress in 1984 indicated in a report on the polls conducted on August 9 that the results could not be considerably altered by the percentage mistake claimed by the commissioners.

The report issued on Thursday, August 18, made reference to the commissioners’ assertions that four presidential contenders’ percentages were 0.01 over the 100 percent threshold.

The Institute did note that the division within the Commission would affect how Kenyans view the Commission and the procedures used in the recently held elections.

“The supposed errors the commissioners identify are the result of rounding percentages to two decimal places, rather than three (or more), and, in any case, would not change the outcome.”

“Poor mathematics aside, this public display of division in the Commission only fuels doubts about the electoral commission’s competence,” read the report in a part.

Francis Wanderi, Justus Nyangaya, and Irene Masit are the three additional commissioners who disassociated themselves from the presidential outcome.

Furthermore, USIP gave IEBC credit for promoting transparency in the electoral process by posting Forms 34 A and C on the public web.

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