A petition has been filed before Kisumu High court to compel the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to declare constituency presidential results within 7 hours after the closure of polling stations.
Three petitioners represented by lawyer Ken Amondi, argued that since the ballot counting commences with presidential ballot papers, it is only reasonable that after 2 hours the results are tabulated and declared at the polling station and transmitted to the constituency tallying centre.
Amondi added that this would enable the constituency tallying centre results to also declare the results 7 hours after the closure of polling stations. The petitioners argued that in view of the historical background of the 2007 general election, election results should be announced early enough to avoid tension.
Delays in announcing election results in 2007 led to tension in the country which finally resulted to the post election violence. Delays can also create an avenue for ballot stuffing which can lead to rigging of the elections, he said.
The petitioners further said that with the Kenya Integrated Election Management System established as a result of the Kriegler commission, election results can be announced within the given time.
They further acknowledged that final declaration of presidential results will be made by the IEBC chairman within 7 days of the Election Day.
The IEBC representative, Mr. Edwin Kemei, said he could not comment on the issue and that they would file their written submission in 7days.The petition was filed before High Court Judge Justice David Majanja.
Source: Kenya News Agency