IEBC To Use Only One Booklet Of Form 34A

The second booklet will be sealed and will be kept in the ballot box and sealed with the ballots after polling.

According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati, only the first booklet of Form 34-A will be used in the transmission of presidential election results.

Speaking after meeting with representatives of Presidential candidates, Mr Chebukati acknowledged that several questions about the election had been raised by the representatives and that the commission would publish a Question and Answer in the local dailies addressing the issues raised.

“The second booklet will be sealed and will be kept in the ballot box and sealed with the ballots after polling. The second booklet will not be used,” Mr Chebukati said.

“On the issue of the first booklet, the original will be brought to the national tallying centre for purposes of verification of results by the national presidential officer then the copies will be allocated as follows; four copies will be given to agents of presidential candidates, one copy will be put in the ballot box and sealed together with election materials and that leaves one copy which will be posted on the door,” he added.

He also stated that the electoral commission will provide daily briefings from its media center on the commission’s activities in the run-up to the August 9 elections.

Chebukati explained that the company had contracted to print the results form booklets in carbonated format, which is why each form was printed in pairs.

The IEBC chair stated that the move was not intended to jeopardize the results of the August 9 elections, as some politicians claimed.

He went on to say that the printing company had advised the Commission that printing a single form would not provide a clear picture of the results, hence the decision to duplicate them.

The IEBC Chair also clarified that Forms 34b will be managed at the constituency level by the returning officer.

He stated that 34b will be printed and delivered in the country alongside the remaining election materials that are being printed.

Chebukati stated that they had reached an agreement with representatives from various political parties and had allayed any concerns.