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BREAKING NEWS: Nasa rejects results showing Uhuru is leading Raila

Senator James Orengo

Nasa has rejected the elections results that have been announced by IEBC.

Speaking at Bomas, Nasa chief agent Musalia Mudavadi and his deputy James Orengo asked Kenyans ignore the results which they described as  illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and not backed by statute.

“This is a fraud and true patriots can not seat back and watch this happen,” said Orengo

The two said the commission had failed to produce forms 34A and 34B, the primary forms which results are filled at polling stations and which are used to  transmit the results electronically.

“What  is voting here is a machine. If those forms existed nothing stops the commission from displaying those forms,” said Willis Ochieng the deputy head of Nasa secretariat.

Orange said the commission had created the opportunity to fabricate results because what they transmitting had no basis in law.

“Those results cannot be results that have been witnessed by all agents,” said Orengo.

He asked Kenyans to disregard the results terming them null and void.

“Their action amounts to nothing. People should be prepared to stand up for their rights,” said Orengo.

According to IEBC results President Kenyatta took an early lead against his main challenger Raila Odinga in yesterday’s epic presidential vote seen as the final rematch by the two protagonists..

In a similar fashion to the 2013 general election, Uhuru was leading from the first results that tricked in at the National Tallying Centre and was having a convincing lead of 54,86 per cent by 11.39 pm.

The President had polled 3,336 790 votes against Raila’s 2,699, 908 votes— constituting 44,39 per cent of the vote.

However, these were results in only 17,051 polling stations against the 40,883 polling stations across the county.

From the IEBC’s live portal, 149 634 votes presidential votes were categorised as rejected while 1066 votes were disputed.

However, IEBC bosses called for patience promising that the winner of the presidential contest would not be announced until results from all polling stations are declared.

“We will wait for results from the 290 constituencies. It’s not just the 50 plus one that we are looking at, the winning candidate has also to get at least 25 per cent of the votes in at least 24 counties,”said IEBC Commissioner Roseline Akombe.

According the Constitution, to be declared President, a candidate must not only garner 50 per cent plus-one of the total votes cast — but also secure at least 25 per cent of the votes cast in half of the counties.

The early results indicated that the presidential contest was a clear two horse race with the other six contender showing dismal performance.

Former minister Joe Nyaga had garnered 14 860 votes followed by Constitutional lawyer Ekuru Aukot’s 10, 308 votes.

Abduba Dida had 9,575 votes, Japheth Kaluyu 4364 votes and Cyrus Jirongo had 4,170votes.

Independent candidate and University don Prof Michael Wainaina had garnered 3,198 votes

According to results, Uhuru was commanding a huge lead in polling stations in his Central backyard as well as Rift Valley.

In Bomet for instance, Uhuru was having 81, 423 votes which translates into 88 per cent against Raila’s 10, 348 votes (11,19%)

In Kericho, Uhuru had garnered 113 234 votes which is 92,94 per cent against Raila’s 7, 630 votes (6,26%).

But Raila was also leading in Coast, Nyanza, Western and Ukambani.

Speaking shortly after the voting process closed, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati declared that the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (KIEMS) deployed in the yesterday’s polls was a success.

Chebukati said a part from a few hitches, the new technology deployed for the first time in Kenya was largely a success.

But trouble appear to have begun when the IEBC began relaying presidential results without displaying the exact polling station.

NASA Chief Agent led the Opposition brigade into a lengthy meeting with IEBC bosses which was also attended by the Jubilee side lead by ex-Energy Minister Davis Chirchir.

A source within NASA protested that IEBC was announcing to the public what they considered preliminary results as signed forms by agents had not been recived.

By 6pm yesterday, IEBC said voting was yet to start in 19 polling stations in Turkana and Wajir Counties by 5 pm yesterday because of bad weathers.

Results started trickling in at national tallying center at Bomas by 6pm and Uhuru had maintained a lead up to the time of going to press.

Commisison chairman Wafula Chebukati said heavy rain impounded the areas and distribution of election materials was not possible up to late in the evening yesterday.

Chebukati however assured the Commission had made arrangements and those affected will be allowed the standard 11 hours voting time ‘even if they vote up to today morning’.

Four polling stations in Turkana North, similar number in Turkana Central and two in Turkana West were among the areas affected.

Also affected by heavy rains were eight polling stations in Loima and a polling station in Wajir South.

Another three polling stations in Laikipia North were affected by insecurity forcing disruption of the voting process. Security forces restored calm and voting continued.

“We wish to assure you that for the polling stations that opened late, we will compensate the time by extending the voting period by the same amount of hours that were lost before opening,” assured Chebukati.

The voting started at 6 am and ended at 5pm in areas that were incident free.

There were reports of delays in opening polling stations, KIEMS failures and pre-marked ballot papers in some areas in the morning yesterday.

He described the hitches as ‘minor’ adding the Commission immediately dispatched technical teams in areas hit by the gadget failure to ensure voting is not interrupted.

“Our staff have confirmed that the allegation of marked ballot papers  in Mariakani Ward in Kilifi County is not correct. The Sabatia Constituency case was one of indeligible ink that had accidentally spilled on the paper,” stated Chebukati.

NASA Elections Operations Center had alleged serious flaws hours after the voting started ranging from unexplained delays, stalled gadgets to pre-marked ballot papers.

At 10 am, the opposition wrote a statement to newsrooms highlighting areas experiencing delays.

“There has been massive failure of the KIEMS in Kilifi, Roka Primary School and Chumani Primary School in Kilifi North Constituency and Kamale Primary School in Magarini Constituency,” said NASA in a statement.

“In Kilifi South there is reported total kits failure in the following polling centres: Mtwapa Agriculture, Mtwapa Chief’s Office, Bembu Primary School and Makata Primary School,” added the statement.

NASA also claimed pre-marked ballots being handed to illiterate voters in Tana River and Lamu and absence of presidential ballot papers in Webuye West,

They also raised issues with total failure of BVR kits in many parts of Kisumu.

As at 2 pm yesterday, records from 25,000 out of 40,883 KIEMS kits indicated 40 percent voter turnout translating to 7,840,000 voters across the country.

Chebukati poured cold water in the alleged rigging claims witnessed in Embakasi South where some voters were issued with ballot papers rubberstamped ‘rejected’ at the back clarifying such papers casted will be treated as valid.

“Rejected ballot papers are stamped in the front and not the back. The officer involved has been fired,” clarified Chebukati adding the Commission is working with DPP to charge the clerk of an election offence.

Earlier, IEBC replaced Returning Officers for Westlands, Kasarani and Embakasi East constituencies over delays that paralysed voting in various stations in the areas.

“We have immediately replaced the Returning Officers in these three constituencies and deployed Commisioners to ensure efficient management of these locations,” said Chebukati early yesterday.

The polling clerks, he said, had been instructed to carry alpha-numeric search of voters in the KIEMS gadget in cases where it is taking long to biometrically identify voters to ensure the process moves faster.

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