The opposition’s rejection of provisional presidential election results updated on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) portal has once again brought the forms used in the tallying into public scrutiny.
The forms mentioned at Press conferences by the IEBC, Jubilee and Nasa over the results row are Forms 34A and 34B.
Under the Election Regulations, Form 34A is the first form used to tabulate results of the presidential election. It is filled by the presiding officer after the counting of votes at the polling station.
It contains details of the votes garnered by each candidate and also details the total number of registered voters in that station, the rejected votes, the objected ones, the disputed and the valid ones.
The candidates or their agents are then required to sign and ratify that the contents of that form are correct.
Section 39 of the Elections Act provides that for a presidential election, the IEBC “shall electronically transmit, in the prescribed form, the tabulated results of an election for the president from a polling station to the constituency tallying centre and to the National Tallying Centre.”
Form 34A is handed over to the constituency returning officer, who then fills Form 34B. It is used for the collation of the presidential election results from all polling stations within a constituency.
On it is indicated the polling station code, the name of the station, the number of registered voters, what each candidate garnered and the number of valid votes cast.
The constituency returning officer hands over the form to the chairman of the IEBC, who is also the returning officer for the presidential election.
‘‘The declaration of the results will be based on the Form 34Bs that we will get from the returning officers,” said IEBC vice chairman Consolata Maina.