But following a two-day bonding retreat in Naivasha, Mr Chebukati declared the commission as one, and said that there was no cause for alarm.

“The chair had all the right to ask questions (in the memo), and I am duty bound to answer them. We have provided all the answers and the commission is now looking at them and we hope to make them public soon,” Mr Chiloba said of the memo.

Asked about the massive clerical errors pointed out in the results declaration forms, Mr Chiloba said that the errors were unavoidable in a massive logistical undertaking like the General Election.

“Those places that sent in text results without the forms, it was not intentional. In 2013, we had 46 per cent success rate in transmission of text data. This time around we had 100 per cent. All we need to do now is ensure that we get 100 per cent transmission of the forms as well,” said Mr Chiloba.

FAILURES

The IEBC chief defended the commission on the failures identified by the Chief Justice David Maraga-led Supreme Court.

“We mounted a process incomparable with others in the world. We did our best. We deployed resources in a way that could help us ensure a credible election,” he said.

He, however, said that while there were obvious gaps the commission had picked up even before the court’s detailed judgment is out, those gaps, he believes should not have been used to annul the declaration of the results.

“Despite these minor irregularities, they needed not amount to nullifying the entire presidential elections,” he argued.

NASA

Mr Chiloba sidestepped a question on whether he will resign based on Nasa’s demands.

“I do not think I should be part of the matrix at this point . .  . Whether me being there or not. They have a bigger challenge whether the country will be ready to conduct an election to the standards of the Supreme Court. And if we continue this way, then most likely we might not get there,” he said.

“I think we need to shift the focus, because there is the greater interest of the country that goes beyond Chiloba.”

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