Chebukati calls meeting after Raila, Ruto queries on Form 34As and 34Bs
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati has called for a consultative meeting with presidential candidates following protests by UDA’s William Ruto and Azimi la Umoja’s Raila Odinga. The meeting will take place on Friday, July 29 at the Bomas of Kenya which also served as the National Tally Center for the August 9 election.
Ruto and Raila had on Wednesday demanded that IEBC sets up a meeting to discuss why the commission has printed an extra booklet for the presidential declaration forms. The two said that the concerns arose from the recent mission by IEBC and stakeholders in Greece where it emerged that IEBC was printing two sets of Forms 34A which are used to declare the results at the polling stations.
The two parties’ representatives had traveled alongside IEBC commissioners and representatives of various political parties and election observers to monitor the printing of presidential ballot papers. According to the letters sent to IEBC, their represetnatives had raised issue with the printing of two sets of the forms but the explanations given by the Commissioners present were not satisfactory.
In a letter signed by UDA secretary general Veronica Maina, the two parties had agreed at JKIA during the arrrival of ballot papers that there should be a meeting to resolve the issues raised in regards to the presdeintial results declaration forms.
“In our view, the commission should stick to one set of form 34A,” Maina said.
In a letter signed by his chief legal advisor, Raila told IEBC chairman on Wednesday that the explanations given to his two representatives who traveled to Athens by other commissioners were not satisfactory. The letter said that when the Azimio representatives asked about the extra booklet, the commissioners present said that the extra papers were necessary for the media and observers.
“We, however, reject this explanation. Firstly, because Book 2 of 2 from which it is alleged copies for stakeholders will be obtained is more than just a copy. It is actually a set of fully fledged form 34As complete with all security features similar to those in Book 1 and 2,” the letter by Raila’s legal advisor Paul Mwangi states.
The other concern raised by Raila is that it also emerged that IEBC did not order the printing of Form 34B. The Commissioners in Athens told stakeholders the form was not necessary as it would “self-generate” when results from Form 34A are keyed.