The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati appealed for patience among Kenyans as the commission undertakes tallying of results of the General Election that took place Tuesday.
Speaking to the press at Bomas, Chebukati said the Commission has three Tallying centers at the constituency, County and the National which are at Bomas.
There is the Constituency Tallying Center where tallying of results from polling stations and declaration of Member of Parliament (MP) and Member of County Assembly (MCA) and collation of Presidential, Gubernatorial, Senatorial and County Woman Member of Parliament.
At the County Tallying Centre, the final tallying and declaration of gubernatorial, senatorial and county woman member of parliament is conducted there.
While at the National Tallying Center is where the verification of transmitted image of results Form 34As against original Form 34As as well as verification of constituencies Form 34Cs, confirmation of Constitution threshold of 50 pc plus one vote and 25pc of majority counties, declaration of Presidential results, and issuance of certificate to the President-elect will be happen.
Chebukati noted that there are three screens at the National Tallying Center; screen 1 will project the number of Form 34As received from polling stations.
Screen 2 will project collated results received from the constituencies while screen 3 will project the county aggregates.
“In transmitting the results, the Results Transmission System only sends once the A series results Form which has a QR code.” Said Chebukati.
Adding that: “Persons authorised to be at polling Station were allowed to take images of the original results Form 34A.”
Results announced at the polling station are final.
The commission observed that the National Tallying Center has five work-Stations for verification of results from the Returning Officers in the presence of presidential Chief Agents.
Verification of the results entails marching the image of Form 34A as transmitted by the presiding officer and the physically delivered Form 34B by the CRO before tallying the results.
Once this has been achieved, the commission chairman, who is the presidential election returning officer, is required to create Form 34C where all the results of the other presidential candidates will be entered, announced and then declare the winner.
The winner is then issued with a certificate, which is Form 34D.
According to the constitution, one can only be declared the winner in a presidential election if the candidate has scored at least 25 per cent in the majority of the 47 counties.
One can also be declared winner in a presidential election if he or she scores 50 per cent plus one.
According to the law, the commission is required to announce presidential results within seven days.