Vice Chair of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Juliana Cherera explained why the commission left the National Tallying Centre in the Bomas of Kenya only minutes before the declaration of presidential election results.
Saturday, August 27th, Cherera said in an affidavit filed with the Supreme Court that her and three other commissioners left a meeting of Wafula Chebukati because Chebukati was “bullish” about the presidential election results he had declared.
Cherera said that when they questioned Chebukati about whether he handled concerns voiced by different presidential agents, they were merely given a summary of the findings.
She said that, contrary to popular belief, Chebukati was the one who first left the meetings and went to declare the results that were being challenged by four commissioners.
She further said that after seeing the chaos at the National Tallying Center, she and the other three commissioners decided to visit a hotel in Nairobi.
Chebukati’s vice chair said they didn’t want to be part of unverified results as the Commission hadn’t declared results in over 20 constituencies.
Cherera’s affidavit responds to a petition by Raila Odinga and Martha Karua, who want William Ruto’s win invalidated.