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Kenya: Raila Odinga to Establish Parallel Tally Center

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    By: Dickens H Okello

  • Apr 3,2017
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The Kenyan main opposition leader, http://cyberneuro.com/templates/fw_mazaya/warp/layouts/modules/templates/box-1.php Rail Omolo Odinga has announced plans to set up a tallying center parallel to that of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

The Orange for Democratic Movement (ODM) strong man who is expected to stand against President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August general elections, made the announcement on Sunday afternoon during a public rally in capital Nairobi.

According to a statement released by the Super National Alliance (NASA) which is for Raila and fellow opposition members, the move is to ensure transparency and vote protection.

“This afternoon, I held a public baraza (rally)accompanied by my Deputy Hassan Joho, the Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero and his Deputy Jonathan Mueke where we announced our intention to set up a parallel national tallying center to monitor and protect the vote of the people,” part of the Alliance’s statement said.

The statement emphasized that the existing laws support their idea of collecting and counting their own votes.

“The Election Laws Amendment Act number 36 of 2016 provides for the announcement of results at presiding officer at the polling station tallies and promptly announces results and transmits the same to the constituency tallying center and to the national tallying center.”

NASA plans to get the same results as they are being transmitted to the constituency level.

The constituency returning officers then collate results announced at polling stations in the constituency and announce the results of the Presidential election at the constituency and transmit the same to the national tallying center.

The Chairman of the Commission at the national tallying center collates results announced at constituencies and announces the Presidential election results at the national level.

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  • Thomas Sankara

    Honestly i do not see why any fair electoral system would prevent a candidate in an election from tallying his or her own results! How else would one be in a position to know whether the results being announced by the electoral commission are accurate or not? In the previous elections many Ugandans raised concern about how the tallying was being carried out. It appeared that the whole thing was stage managed by Kiggundu and his colleagues to ensure every time there was an announcement Museveni’s tally would be around 61% while Besigye’s would be around 34%. There wouldn’t be much change in the percentages. There were also concerns that Museveni was declared the winner before results from strong opposition areas where included in the tally. FDC had attempted to establish there own tally center but i remember the Late Andrew Kaweesi fighting tooth and nail to frustrate any efforts by FDC to tally their own results. This included but was not limited to the confiscation of computers and making the party headquarters inaccessible. Though the apologists of the corrupt African leaders are quick to point out that no electoral system in the world is perfect; what we have in some African countries like Uganda, Central African Republic, Gabon, Equatorial Guniea etc are no elections at all. They are a mere gimmicks meant to hoodwink the West and the wanahinci that there is a semblance of democracy.

    • Twine

      I agree with you, Sankara.
      Let us add this: Next elections, every contending political party and every candidate must have their own electoral commission, their independent tallying centre for the sake of transparency. Neutral American and European interest groups must finance, organise and control these electoral commissions for the sake of impartiality.
      And if any losing group wants to demonstrate and defy, Europeans and Americans should be on hand to give expert, neutral advice

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