However, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) dismissed claims by Kanu that it bungled the poll, warning it would invoke appropriate sanctions against individuals or parties that breached the code of conduct or Elections Act. “The commission awaits formal com plaint and strict proof from Kanu of its claims of electoral malpractices and impropriety on the part of the commission in the Kericho by-election. Owing to the gravity of the claims and their potential impact on democratic processes, the commission is inviting the Kanu party leaders at its offices tomorrow (today), March 14, 2016, at 12pm to shed light on the claims published in the press,” said IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba (pictured) in a statement yesterday. The poll agency said Kanu had agents in all the 623 polling stations and it issued them, including those accredited to tallying centres, with 700 badges. The commission said no accredited party agent was turned away at any polling centre. “The transmission of the results and tallying of the votes at each of the six constituency centres was done in the presence of the party or candidate’s agents and witnessed by independent observers,” added the statement.
IEBC said results of physical votes counted were recorded on forms 35 and 36 and witnessed by party agents present at the polling stations and there was no objection raised. “The transmission and projection of the results was done simultaneously to the six constituency tallying centres and the county tallying centre. Party agents were present at all tallying centres,” read the statement. The electoral body said voter turnout was verifiable through the register of voters, electronic voter identification devices, and Form 35, which was a record of all voters who turned up at polling centres and was signed by agents of all the candidates. IEBC rejected claims that votes of the JAP candidate were multiplied during transmission of results. “The IEBC’s mandate to administer elections in a free and fair manner and to record the will of the people. It is not the commission’s business to invent formulae, project geometry, or generate imaginary results conducive to any party or candidate,” said the statement.