IEBC CEO Ezira Chiloba appearing on Jeff Koinange LIVE on Citizen TV. PHOTO/ Courtesy of Citizen TV.
BY SIMIYU SIMIYU
Interim Electoral and Bounderies Commission (IEBC) CEO Ezra Chiloba has today found a consolation from an opinion poll result aired by Citizen Tv.
Appearing on the popular TV talk show #JKLive, the embattled CEO noticed the provisional poll results as “nearly constant” as the one that occurred during the August 8 tallying process.
During the tallying of the August 8 election results, the transmitted results immediately displayed a constant 11% gap between President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga whose vote tally remained at 43% of the total votes.
The gap remained constant from the start of the tallying process to the end with the electoral body announcing Mr Kenyatta as the winner.
Noticing the trend, the National Super Alliance led by flag bearer Raila Odinga rejected the results, saying the IEBC servers had been hacked and successfully filed a petition that saw the Supreme Court nullify the August election.
Traditionally, the TV station pauses an opinion question on twitter and to its viewers related to the invited guest.
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) October 4, 2017
The show is hosted by former CNN news anchor Jeff Koinange.
But when the screen displayed the preliminary results of the poll, 56% of the participants responded YES against 44%’s NO – a 12% gap.
Before the break and by the time we were going to press, the results were 57% for YES and 43% for NO.
“And the results are almost constant as happened at the Bomas,” joked Chiloba, in reference to the magical gap witnessed at the tallying centre.
Mr Chiloba also denied claims that the results were manipulated and defended the 9,000 logins that were used to access the servers using the body’s chairman login account.
“Those were not logins. They were transactions used to transfer scanned forms,” he explained.
“Two, we also used the chairman’s login account eight days before the election to test the systems and sensitise presidential candidates’s agents.”
On NASA demos that are seeking to evict him from office for allegedly bungling the nullified election, the CEO said they have the right to demonstrate but added that IEBC is reflecting on what went wrong in order to make the October 26 fresh election a success.
He also remained adamant that he will not be leaving the office as demanded by NASA supporters but assured Kenyans that the coming election will be free, fair and transparent.
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