We Have Facts to Counter Nasa allegations, Chiloba Declares
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) yesterday presented to the Supreme Court election results forms from all 40,883 polling stations that on which it based the presidential contest winner declaration. Chief executive Ezra Chiloba, accompanied by lawyer Wambua Kilonzo, said IEBC had fully complied with Section 12 (2) of the Supreme Court Act and was adequately prepared for the election petition filed last Friday by the National Super Alliance (Nasa) flag-bearer Raila Odinga and running mate Kalonzo Mosyoka.
“We are ready for the petition. By Thursday, we will file our responses in readiness for the hearing,” Chiloba told journalists outside the court as IEBC staffers delivered the documents to the registry.
Supreme Court Registrar Esther Nyayiaki formally received the 54,000-page documentation comprising the original Forms 34A, 34B and 34C all bound in 106 volumes, two box files, one spring file and a computer hard drive containing scanned copies. said IEBC had secured all the results We’ve facts to counter Nasa allegations, Chiloba declares tice is served. He also hit out at international observers saying, “They cannot come here and tell us what to do.” Raila repeated his allegations that IEBC computers were programmed to reflect a 54% win for the incumbent and some governors. He vowed to ensure political rights, rule of law and democratic space for Kenyans are defended unswervingly and further asserted he would not succumb to any pressure.
“Let the agents of foreign powers forcing us to accept “This time the computer was set at 54 per cent in favour of incumbent presidential candidate and selected gubernatorial candidates. Next time it will be set at 70 per cent,” he said. Elsewhere, five ODM legislators yesterday called on the Jubilee side to stop pre-empting the petition before hearing. Led by Suba South MP-elect and ODM national chairman and move on so that they can continue to have their chance to do their bidding know well we will not accept it,” he stated.
Raila, who attended the first inauguration since the coming into office for governors ceremonies started last week, explained he had skipped the others because “unlike Joho other governors were favoured by computer manipulation”. John Mbadi, they said the case against Uhuru’s victory is water-tight and called for the Judiciary to be given time to exercise its independence. Mbadi, who was accompanied by three new Orange party MPs, said: “Jubilee has not only intensified claims the petition filed last Friday is merely between Uhuru and our candidate Raila, but has also gone ahead to prosecute forms from 290 constituencies. Chiloba said IEBC had audited the documents and confirmed were intact and no mischief was involved. The voting, tallying, transmission and verification of the results was beyond reproach, he said. He reiterated that IEBC had complied with the law and the Constitution by supervising a free, fair and credible election. The outcome of the exercise proved its integrity, he added.
Raila and Kalonzo have accused IEBC, chaired by Wafula Chebukati, of condoning massive irregularities in the presidential election in which Jubilee Party’s Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto were declared duly elected President and Deputy President, respectively. Uhuru garnered 8.2 million votes against Raila’s 6.7 million. Chief Justice David Maraga has issued directives to all parties involved in the petition, including those wishing to participate, to file applications and responses by Friday evening to facilitate an expeditious hearing. The Supreme Court bench will conduct a pre-trial conference for its case management.
by Paul Muhoho