In Summary
  • Despite an earlier promise that the declaration would be made pretty fast, the ensuing haggling would see President Uhuru Kenyatta declared winner on the fourth day.
  • There were occasions the commissioners felt intimidated by the political class.
  • In the plenary meeting of the IEBC as the presidential election results started trickling in on Tuesday, one of the senior officials reportedly received a thorough dress-down.
  • The official was openly told off about his alleged clandestine meetings with the Jubilee Party bigwigs and using the same to rock the commission.

The August 8 elections have revealed frailties and sharp political differences within the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission which may have largely contributed to the delays in the declaration of presidential results at the Bomas of Kenya, the nerve centre of the Tuesday elections.

Despite an earlier promise that the declaration would be made pretty fast, the ensuing haggling would see President Uhuru Kenyatta declared winner on the fourth day.

Information pieced together by the Nation, some through first-hand observation and interviews reveal a commission mostly working at cross purposes in an apparent display of political interests at play.

In the middle of the just concluded elections, reports leaked of major boardroom disagreements among top commission officials who accused each other of either lacking the spine and worst being agents of the major political formations, Jubilee and Nasa. 

PLENARY MEETING

For instance, in the plenary meeting of the commission as the presidential election results started trickling in on Tuesday, one of the senior officials reportedly received a thorough dress-down.

The official was openly told off about his alleged clandestine meetings with the Jubilee Party bigwigs and using the same to rock the commission.

In the first briefing of the day on Wednesday, August 9, CEO Ezra Chiloba confirmed such a meeting taking place as he explained why IEBC had not been regularly updating the public as they had promised.

“Yesterday you are aware that during the projection of results we had a lengthy moment than usual and we thought different stakeholders needed to understand what was happening. So, we retreated to have a meeting. It was quite a lengthy meeting to build consensus on the same issues that were emerging in so far as results transmission was concerned,” he said.

During the stormy meeting, it is reported that a section of commissioners threatened to resign supposedly because the commission was not being transparent with the public on what was going on and more so on Nasa’s claims of hacking of the results transmission system.

INTIMIDATED

There were occasions the commissioners felt intimidated by the political class. Such concerns were expressed when Mr Muhoho Kenyatta, the brother of President Uhuru Kenyatta camped at the national tallying centre for several hours.

It was the same case when his nephew and private secretary Jomo Gecaga made frequent trips to the centre.

But it is the coming of the Deputy President William Ruto and Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Friday that crowned it all, sources in the commission said.

Coming at a time they were yet to conclude validation of votes, the presence of the individuals was construed as a way of telling them that they needed to hasten the process.

When he “stormed” the place, Mr Odinga was said to have been acting on information that IEBC was set to announce the presidential outcome without addressing the grievances he had earlier presented through Nasa’s chief agent Musalia Mudavadi.

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