The Kenyan election was held on March 4. It is now May 16. Here is the link to the website of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. The IEBC announced its final presidential tally on March 9 and formalized its announcement of the identified winner on March 10.
Can you find on the IEBC website the election results for President, Governor and National Assembly?
The United States spent many millions of dollars on these elections, including for observation efforts through the Carter Center and ELOG through NDI. Likewise the European Union funded the EU Election Observation Mission. The United States and other donors provided many millions for the activities of the IEBC itself through IFES. And of course Kenya spent many of its own millions.
Yet, we have so much less information available from the IEBC now than we did from the disgraced and disbanded ECK in 2008.
So what is the IEBC waiting for? And where are the observers?
Is there some reason that the IEBC fears publishing the results? Could it be because the results show a huge and implausible “overvote” in the presidential race as compared to the number of votes cast in the other five elections at each polling station (and thus, ward, constituency and county)? Did ELOG, the Carter Center or the EU EOM see large numbers of Kenyans cast ballots for president and spoil or discard their ballots in the other five races?
- Thoughts on Kenya’s Supreme Court opinion (africommons.com)
- African Great Lakes Initiative releases report on observation of Kenyan election (africommons.com)
- AfriCOG’s Seema Shah asks in Foreign Policy: “Are U.S. election watchdogs enabling bad behavior in Kenya?” (africommons.com)
- IEBC ‘cannot afford’ Sh380m legal fee (capitalfm.co.ke)