Last minute decision Chebukati made before our fallout – Commissioner Nyang’aya

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Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner Justus Nyanga’ya has accused Commission chairman Wanyonyi Wafula Chebukati of stripping him of his ICT role minutes before ETN went to the polls.

In an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, Nyang’aya stated that he was unilaterally stripped of his role on election day.

He added that the chairman did not explain the decision to him or other commissioners, even though Chebukati went on to hand over his duties to other IEBC officials.

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati hands President-elect William Ruto his election certificate at Kenya’s Bomas on Monday, August 15, 2022.

William Ruto

Nyang’aya added that he was reassigned to handle protocol issues that were not as important as the IT department.

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“As part of the preparations for the said election, the Commission has appointed me as the person in charge of all information and communication technology (ICT) affairs of the Commission.

“It makes sense that I am the one who should have been directly involved in all discussions, negotiations and meetings with all third parties who would provide ICT services to the Commission on Election Day,” Nyang’aya said in his affidavit.

He went on to say that Chebukati was optimistic in handling election matters, stating that commissioners were rarely consulted in the decision-making process.

In particular, he stated that errors noted in Forms 34A and 34B were only submitted to the chairman, who he also said refused to share details about the turnout in the polls just concluded.

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“In fact, myself and the other commissioners have asked Chebukati for the manual register total, but the said conversation has yielded no response from the 2nd defendant.

Therefore, at the time of the results being announced on August 15, 2022, I did not have the verified totals of votes cast using both the digital and manual registers, nor did I have the verified totals of what each candidate received to enable me to to independently make a calculation under Article 138(4) of the Constitution and determine whether a candidate has reached the threshold”, read his affidavit in part.

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In addition, he alleged that in the days leading up to the election, the chairman made statements in the middle of the night without consultation.

The commissioner stated that the statements made in defense of foreigners involved in the electoral process were not sanctioned by the commissioners.

Nyang’aya filed the affidavit in response to a petition by former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, and his running mate, Martha Karua, challenging the victory of President-elect William Ruto.

From the left;  Prof. dr.  Makau Mutua and Azimio vice presidential candidate Martha Karua and Azimio flag bearer Raila Odinga, filing their petition to the Supreme Court on August 22, 2022

From the left; Prof. dr. Makau Mutua and Azimio vice presidential candidate Martha Karua and Azimio flag bearer Raila Odinga, filing their petition to the Supreme Court on August 22, 2022

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