Justice Smokin Wanjala said IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati had an opportunity to announce results from all the 27 constituencies.
He questioned why Chebukati was in a hurry even after calm was restored at the national tally centre IEBC had in their submission said that the chaos witnessed at Bomas made it difficult for them to announce results from the remaining constituencies.
Supreme Court judge Smokin Wanjala wondered why the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati was in a hurry to announce results even after calm was restored at the Bomas of Kenya. Justice Smokin Wanjala during presidential petition hearing. Photo: The Judiciary Kenya Source: Twitter In the submission, IEBC lawyers said the commission failed to announce results from 27 constituencies due to chaos witnessed at the national tallying centre. However, on Thursday, September 1, Wanjala questioned why the IEBC chair failed to publicly announce the results from the 27 constituencies before announcing the final tally. READ ALSO Senior Gov’t Officials Tried to Have Raila Odinga Declared President, Kithure Kindiki “When calm was restored, why didn’t the chair announce the results of the 27 constituencies yet they had already been verified and tallied?” Wanjala posed as reported by TV 47. PAY ATTENTION: Don’t miss trending Kenyan news. Follow TUKO.co.ke on Twitter! The judge said that had the electoral commission chair announced the results from the said constituencies, some of the issues would have been avoided. Lenaola on why Chebukati failed to use the extra day Justice Isaac Lenaola had similar sentiments, questioning why the IEBC chair saw no need to utilise the extra day provided in the constitution to address issues of the 27 contentious constituencies. “Why did you not wait until that day, reach out to the commissioners – now named the four – try to reach a consensus to address the questions on the 27 Constituencies so that this suspicion would not have been an issue? Is there any other reason why you did not take an advantage of the extra day to do what you have to do?” Lenaola asked. READ ALSO Lawyer Steve Ogolla Defends IEBC, Insists Results at Polling Station Are Final Chebukati had, in his replying affidavit, claimed that chaos at Bomas made it difficult for the commission to announce results for the said constituencies even though they had been tallied. “In a rather surprising turn of events, while proceeding towards the podium, we encountered a crowd which made it difficult to access and settle at the podium. With the prevailing chaos at the podium after the named persons stormed the podium, Prof. Guliye was unable to announce the remaining 27 constituency results and I was similarly unable to declare the final results.
Justice Smokin Wanjala during presidential petition hearing. Photo: The Judiciary Kenya Source: Twitter Read more: https://www.tuko.co.ke/politics/471049-justice-smokin-wanjala-questions-wafula-chebukati-didnt-announce-results-27-constituencies/?utm_source=onesignal&utm_medium=webpush