IEBC denies Nasa claims that it’s yet to provide copies of Forms 34B

Tuesday August 15 2017

IEBC officials compile data on August 11, 2017 at the Bomas of Kenya before presidential results were announced. Nasa claims that IEBC is yet to provide them with copies of Forms 34B. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

IEBC officials compile data on August 11, 2017 at the Bomas of Kenya before presidential results were announced. Nasa claims that IEBC is yet to provide them with copies of Forms 34B. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By SAMWEL OWINO
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The opposition Nasa has claimed that the electoral commission is yet to provide them with copies of Forms 34B, four days after the announcement of the final presidential election results.

In a statement, the opposition said they have been following up with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) since Saturday for the release of the forms without any success.

The forms cannot be traced or accessed on the commission’s online portal, they leaders say.

“We call upon the commission to release and share all the constituency Forms 34B to party agents," reads the statement.

"The failure to so share can only lead to a conclusion that the forms do not exist and the commission is busy generating fake ones to justify its declaration of results as made on Friday."

FORMS GIVEN

The electoral commission, through its Communications Manager Andrew Limo told Nation that the opposition were given all Forms 34B Monday evening.

“Someone picked them 6pm at Bomas,” Mr Limo said in a text message.

The statement by Nasa claiming they have not received the forms was sent to newsrooms at 8pm Monday.

PRESIDENTIAL POLL

Section 39 of the Elections Act provides that for a presidential election, the IEBC “shall electronically transmit, in the prescribed form, the tabulated results of an election for the President from a polling station to the constituency tallying centre and to the national tallying centre.”

Form 34A is handed over to the constituency returning officer, who then fills Form 34B which is used for the collation of the presidential election results.

On it is indicated the polling station code, the name of the station, the number of registered voters, what each candidate garnered and the number of valid votes cast.

The constituency returning officer hands over the form to the chairman of the IEBC, who is the returning officer for the presidential election.