A coalition of civil societies reject presidential results

A coalition of civil society organization in Kenya, Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu (KYSY) Thursday rejected the presidential election results terming them a scam.

Addressing the members of the press in Nairobi , a Kenyan Human Rights Activist Samuel Mohochi said that the coalition deployed over 500 monitors in all 290 constituencies to monitor and observe elections.

Our preliminary findings on the General Elections take note of the declaration of the presidential election results on August 11, reveal important contradictions and massive anomalies in all the numbers released by the IEBC, he noted.

After examining the number of valid votes in the presidential election, Mohochi added they found out that a total voter turnout of 15,073,662 was announced, against 15,518,971 streamed on television screens at the time.

The IEBCs portal currently shows the number of votes cast as 15,591,217 thus creating a standing gap of 517,555 votes, said Mohochi.

He added that the rejected votes in 288 constituencies do not march details in form 34B and there is no grand total for rejected votes in 24 constituencies.

These differences, he said are not only huge but point to serious problems with the election outcome as announced, adding that the amount of missing data, a full week after election, calls for questions on whether the results were legitimate.

Africa Centre for Open Governance (AFRICOG) chairperson Gladwell Otieno confirmed that the number of rejected votes on the IEBC portal stands at 403,489 against only 78,547 on 1,400 form 34As that have been analyzed so far.

Although the commission did not announce the number of rejected votes, the screen streaming results showed 401,903 rejected votes, even though a sum of the county totals was 400,796 while summing up constituency rejected votes on the portal yields 401, 943, Otieno stated.

In other reports, she said that KYSY has received reports of the violent police dispersal of peaceful protests and gatherings through the use of excessive force in areas including Kondele, Mathare and Kibra as well as the acts of rape, use of live bullets and assault by the police.

Unlike what we have witnessed, the use of force and in particular lethal force, should not be the default position for police in crowd control and management and thus the use and deployment of all weapons, lethal and non-lethal should be accounted for after every security operation to enhance individual and command responsibility,Otieno said.

Source: Kenya News Agency