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IEBC commissioners seek ‘justice’ after election fallout

Four Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision (IEBC) commissioners have for the second day running cast doubt on the election of William Ruto as President-elect.

The four, namely Juliana Cherera, Justus Abonyo, Irene Cherop, and Francis Wanderi, while addressing a presser at a Nairobi hotel, also questioned the results announced by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati.

“We reiterate as we conclude there is no doubt from the architecture of the laws we have considered that the people of Kenya did not intend to vest or concentrate such sweeping and boundless powers in one individual, the chairperson of the appellant,” they said in a statement read by Cherera.

The commissioners also argued the results read out by Chebukati lacked ‘critical ingredients’.

“In this regard, the results announced by the IEBC chair lack a critical ingredient namely the total of valid votes cast to support the percentage scored by the four candidates, unless demonstrated otherwise we all know the percentage is essentially a fraction of the whole number.”

The statement comes 24 hours after the commissioners told the public in a presser from the same venue that they will not be a party to the results announced by Chebukati.

Cherera maintained that despite handling the August 9 polls in an efficient manner, the final phase of verifying the results was not transparent.

William Ruto was declared President-Elect after garnering 7.1 million votes, translating to 50.49 percent of the total votes cast.

Raila Odinga of Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party came second with 6.9 million votes, translating to 48.89 percent.