Supreme Court Verdict: Most forms 34 A, B, C used by IEBC had discrepancies

Chief Justice David Maraga, his Deputy Philomena Mwilu and Justice JB Ojwang' at the supreme court chambers. photo:file

Nairobi, KENYA: The supreme court ruling on Wednesday revealed that forms 34 A, 34 B and 34 C which were used in the just conclude August polls had discrepancies.

The ruling read by chief Justice David Maraga, indicated that a random spot check on 4299 forms showed that forms 34 A ,34 B and 34 C had no security features whereby other forms had different lay outs .

Maraga indicated that some of forms had no security features but the information the court was privy to indicated that they were all printed using one printer, arguing that all forms should have had security features .

He insisted that it was lack of caution by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC on this matter, by making sure that all forms entailed the said features.

The court pointed that some forms availed were photocopies while others were original ,whereby others did not bear the stamps.

Scrutiny report indicated that out of a random examination of 4299 forms 34 A 481 were carbon copies which were signed,157 were carbon copies which were not stamped , 269 were original copies that were not signed while some were not signed by the agents and there was no explanation given on such action .

Forms 34 C which were used to announce the presidential results ,lacked security features thus putting in question, the auntheticity results.

The court noted with concern ,IEBC Director of communication Immaculate Kasait assertion that all forms had features ,insisting that all forms during the electioneering period ought to be in a given standard form and format.

Another discrepancy noted by the court were scenarios where 31 forms were not signed by the returning officers.

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