7 March 2013

Kenya: Cord Raises Concern Over Tallying

Photo: Nichole Sobecki/USAID
A mock balloting exercise in a Nairobi slum gives voters an idea what to expect at the polls on March 4, 2013.

The Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) has said it is weighing its options on how to deal with alleged rigging in the ongoing voter tallying.

The coalition's deputy presidential candidate Kalonzo Musyoka has said in a press conference at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi that the Cord wants the tallying process currently going on at the national tallying center at the Bomas of Kenya halted and started afresh using the primary documents from returning officers.

Musyoka has further stated that the coalition has reservations over some of the results which he has gone on to claim have been doctored. He went on to say that some tallies are in excess of registered voters in those areas.

The VP has added that the rigging has been occasioned by the total failure of the electronic voter transmission and reversion to the manual tallying that the IEBC is using.

Musyoka stated that the electoral commission is required by law to transmit the results electronically. He added that the coalition is considering its options but within the confines of the law. One of the options he said Cord might opt for is an injunction to stop the vote counting process and have it started afresh.

The coalition's statement has come at a time when the IEBC started a fresh tally of votes cast for various elective posts manually after the electronic transmission system failed.

In the results that have so far been released Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee alliance leads the presidential race with Cord's Raila Odinga coming second.

Musalia Mudavadi of Amani, Peter Kenneth of Eagle alliance, and Martha Karua of Narc-Kenya following the top two candidates. The IEBC has until six days after the Monday election to announce the winner of the election.

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