• The commission had not completed tallying and verifying the results verified and repeated attempts by the commissioners to ensure the process is undertaken was ignored by the chairperson.
•Cherera said repeated attempts by the commissioners to ensure the process is undertaken were ignored by the chairperson.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera has said Chairman Wafula Chebukati declared presidential results despite the tallying process still being underway.
In her replying affidavit to the presidential election petition filed by Azimio leader Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua, Cherera said the Commission had not completed tallying and verifying of results.
Cherera said repeated attempts by the commissioners to ensure the process is undertaken were ignored by the chairperson.
She adds that Form 34c which contains all the results of the presidential election was never availed to the commissioners.
According to Cherera, presidential election results from 27 constituencies had not been announced.
These constituencies are Bomachoge, Borabu , Bura, Eldas, Fafi , Kacheliba, Kajiado East, Kandunyi, Kapenguria, Kilifi North, Kitutu Chache North, Kuria East, Mandera West, Matuga , Mbeere North, Mvita, Narok South, Narok North, Narok West, Ndaragua, Ndhiwa, Nyakach, Rongwe, Suba North, Tigania East, Wajir North and West Mugirango
She added that the results read out at the National Tallying centre had variances and errors which representatives of the presidential candidates and political parties brought to the attention of the commission verbally and in writing.
She said in Kiambu county, for instance, the results of one of the poling stations indicated that Raila Odinga had 11 votes but in form 34A the figure captured was 111. Ruto in that centre was allegedly erroneously awarded 10,000 votes.
"The errors pointed out by the representatives of presidential candidates and political parties were never addressed by the commission because the chairperson refused to accord them an opportunity to do the same," she said.
She added that tallying and verification were not done by the commission to, among others ascertain the votes cast through biometric identification, votes cast through manual identification and that the candidate to be declared as president-elect had received more than half of all the votes cast in the election; and at least 25 per cent of the votes cast in each of more than half of the counties.
Cherera further noted that on August 13, 2022, the display screens of results of the National tallying centre as they were being read out were paused and no longer showed the results garnered by the four presidential candidates after the tallying of 3 million votes.
She said this denied commissioners, observers agents and the public information on the same.