The Court of Appeal on Friday morning handed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) a major blow after it upheld the High court ruling that the presidential election results announced at the constituency level are final.
In a ruling by a three-Judge bench, the Appellate Court ruled that IEBC is represented from ward level to the constituency, county and national levels and therefore, can’t dispute the results as announced at the constituency level.
The judges, Justices Agnes Murgor, William Ouko and Patrick Kiage ruled that IEBC should transmit poll results via electronic means from the constituency tallying centre to the county tallying centre and finally to the national tallying centre in that order.
IEBC had moved to the Court of Appeal to contest High Court decision that the presidential election results announced at the constituency tallying centre be final, arguing that only its chair had the full mandate to announce the final Presidential results at the national tallying centre after verification.
The Judges further ruled that, the verification of votes, in case of a dispute, can only be determined by a court and not the IEBC.