Election Observers Want Government Probe Azimio’s Rigging Claims
The Commonwealth Group of Observers has urged the relevant authorities to address the Azimio election malpractice allegations as soon as possible.
Furthermore, Kenyans were urged not to jump to conclusions before any evidence was made public, arguing that authorities had the sole authority to conduct investigations.
The team of observers noted that the recently concluded election was one of the most closely watched in Kenyan history, and that it provided an opportunity for the country to achieve a smooth, peaceful, and orderly transfer of power.
The Azimio camp stated on Monday 15 through Raila’s Chief Agent Saitabao Kanchory that the IEBC system had been compromised and the credibility of the results had been jeopardized.
“We have intelligence reports that the IEBC system was penetrated and hacked and that some of the IEBC officials had actually committed intellectual offenses and some of them ought to be arrested,” Kanchori lamented
Furthermore, four of the seven IEBC commissioners, led by vice chairperson Juliana Cherera, distanced themselves from the official presidential results announced by Wafula Chebukati.
“We are not at the Bomas of Kenya because we cannot take ownership of the results that are going to be announced because of the opaque nature in which these results have been handled,” Cherera stated.
The group also urged politicians to accept the results of the elections and help foster Kenyan unity.
Chebukati’s announcement elicited a range of reactions across the country. Kenyans were urged to keep the peace by clergy and political leaders.
Following the announcement of the presidential election results, the IEBC appointed four commissioners.
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Observers expressed concerns about the claims made about the presidential election results in the August 9 polls in a statement released on Tuesday, August 16.
“The group is concerned at the allegations of lack of transparency at the IEBC made by four (of the seven) commissioners in a press conference on Monday, and other allegations from other sources,” read part of the statement.