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SCOOP: Here is Civil Society affidavit supporting NASA petition

IN THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF KENYA AT NAIROBI
PETITION NO. …….. OF 2017
BETWEEN
RAILA AMOLO ODINGA…………………….…………………………1ST PETITIONER
STEPHEN KALONZO MUSYOKA……………………………………2ND PETITIONER
AND
INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES
COMMISSION………………………………………………………… 1ST RESPONDENT
THE CHAIR PERSON OF THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES
COMMISSION…………………………………………………. 2ND RESPONDENT
H.E. UHURU MUIGAI KENYATTA………………………….……….3RD RESPONDENT
AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF PETITION DATED 18TH AUGUST, 2017.

I, GEORGE KEGORO of Post Office Box Number ….. Nairobi and resident of the Nairobi
County within the Republic of Kenya do make oath and state as follows:
1. THAT I am a Kenyan Citizen and an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
2. THAT I am currently the Executive Director of Kenya Human Right Commission.
The Human Rights Commission is an NGO created to foster human rights, democratic
values, human dignity and social justice through multiple strategies and actions aimed at
entrenching human rights and democratic values in the society. This it achieves by
facilitating and supporting individuals, communities and groups to claim and defend
their rights and holding state and non-state actors accountable for the protection and
respect of all human rights for all peoples and groups.
3. THAT Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu is a coalition of like-minded civil society
organizations, who came together to proactively support Kenya’s preparations for the
2017 elections with a view to ensuring that the country minimizes the risks related to
dysfunctional electoral competition which the country has experienced in the recent
elections, launched a citizen initiative dubbed ‘Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu.’ The Kenya
Humna Rights Commission is the secretariat of Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu.
4. THAT save as otherwise expressly stated herein, the contents of this affidavit are
based on my own knowledge acquired in my above mentioned capacity and are true. To
extent that any matter in this affidavit is based on information and/or belief, I have
disclosed the source and/or ground (as the case may be) of the same, and I verily
believe the same to be true.
5. THAT I am duly conversant with the subject matter of this Petition and therefore
competent to swear this Affidavit in support of the Petition herein and I hereby wish to
state as follows;
6. THAT on the 8th of August 2017, the 1st Respondent presided over the General
Elections in the Republic of Kenya and subsequently, through its website and/or online
platform, and which was being relayed by media houses to the general public,
electronically transmitted results from various constituencies for the respective
Presidential candidates.
7. THAT On Election Day, Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu (KYSY) a coalition of civil society
organisations in Kenya, deployed over 500 monitors in all the 290 constituencies to
monitor and observe the election. KYSY has also received observations from the public
in pictorial, video and written form.
8. THAT KYSY has revealed important contradictions and major anomalies in the data
released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) – particularly differences between the chairman’s formal announcement of final
presidential results, and what is displayed on the website portal. For example in Kisumu,
the IEBC’s verbal announcement was 60,000 votes less than what is in the portal. (I
have Annexed herewith is a report for Kura Yangu Yauti Yangu, which
elaborates the qualitative and quantitative perspective of the election– marked
GK-1)
9. THAT final results verbally announced by IEBC Chair, Wafula Chebukati, 11 August,
are dramatically contradicted by the data displayed on the website portal. Every region
(or former province) has major differences of valid votes. Totals in Nyanza, Western,
Nairobi, North Eastern and Eastern show differences through totals of decreased valid
votes; Central, Rift Valley, and Coast show differences through increased valid votes.
For example, in Kisumu, the IEBC’s verbal announcement was 60,520 votes less than
what is in the portal.
10. THAT After examining the number of votes cast in the presidential election, we found
that there is a gap between what the IEBC verbally announced on August 11, what was
being shown on the television screen at the time of the announcement, and what was in
the portal the following day.
11. THAT Since the IEBC’s announced turnout is less than what its own portal was
showing at the time of the announcement of presidential results, the validity and
reliability of the IEBC’s announced figures is questionable.
12. THAT The IEBC’s portal shows varying levels of votes cast for the different elective
offices. For instance, in Stream 2 of Kithare Primary School in Meru County (Njia
Ward), there were 448 votes cast for president1 but only 3542 votes cast for Member of
County Assembly. Given that the IEBC’s regulations stipulate that every voter must
receive and must cast six ballots, there is no reason for differing numbers of votes cast.
13. THAT There is also evidence of turnout in excess of 100 per cent. For instance,
a) In Garissa Main Prison, there are 25 registered voters.3 The portal shows that
there were 18 valid votes and 25 rejected votes, totaling to 43 cast ballots.4 This
amounts to 172 percent turnout.
b) In Kitale Medium Prison, there are 7 registered voters but 9 total votes cast. This
is 129 percent turnout.
c) In Manyani Prison, there are 157 registered voters.5 There were 2896 votes cast,
which amounts to a turnout rate of 184 percent.
d) In Moyale Prison, there are 6 registered voters7
, but there were 10 votes cast.8
This is 167 percent turnout.
Rejected Votes
14. THAT I am aware that when the IEBC verbally declared the presidential results, it did
not announce the number of rejected votes. At the time of the declaration of
presidential results, the television showed a total of 401,093 rejected votes. The IEBC’s
website currently shows that there were 403,495 total rejected votes cast in the
presidential election.
15. THAT these differences are not only huge, but they point to serious problems with the
election outcome as announced. At face value, they suggest the need for a full audit of
the results the IEBC has released and reconciliation of announced results with the
authentic documents from the polling stations. The amount of missing data, a full week
after the election, calls into question whether the declaration of results could be made
legitimately.
16. THAT the Respondent’s opaque and unaccountable management of election results
has already produced deadly consequences. In the aftermath of the announcement of
the election results, violence in various parts of the country resulted in several deaths, 13
of which Kura Yangu attributes to police violence.
POLICE VIOLENCE
17. Furthermore, Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu has received reports of the violent police
dispersal of peaceful protests and gatherings through the use of excessive force in areas
including Kondele, Mathare and Kibra (Olympic, Gatikwira and Bombululu). Live
bullets, brutal beatings and teargas have been the police forces’ weapons of choice.
Three incidents of rape have been reported in Mathare after police broke into people’s
houses and forced the men out. We have also received reports of damage to property.
The overall picture is one of grievous violations of the right to life, freedom of assembly
and security of person and property.
18. THAT Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu established that in Embakasi West there are two
different forms 34B, each contains different results. For instance, one indicates that
Mohamed Dida obtained 35 votes while the other Form 34B indicates that Mohamed
Dida obtained 15 votes. (I have Annexed herewith is a report for Kura Yangu Yauti
Yangu, which elaborates the qualitative and quantitative perspective of the
election– marked GK-2)
19. THAT the same situation was reported from Njoro Constituency and Lugaru
Consituency, in which more than one forms 34B were found in each case, and those
forms indicated different results from each other. Specifically, in Njoro Constituency,
20. F34B from IEBC records JN with 105 votes, RO with 6085 votes and total valid votes
at 84691 F34B while a separate form 34B shows that JN obtained 180 votes, RO with
5984 votes and total valid votes at 84665 in another form 34B. Notably, both forms 34B
seem to have been signed by the same person, though their details are details on the
signature page are different. (I have Annexed herewith is a report for Kura Yangu
Yauti Yangu, which elaborates the qualitative and quantitative perspective of the
election– marked GK-3)
21. THAT Unlike what we have witnessed, the use of force, and in particular lethal force,
should not be the default position for police in crowd control and management. In any
case, the objective for use of force should be to subdue with the objective of affecting
an arrest and not to perform execution-style killings. The use and deployment of all
weapons, lethal and non-lethal, should be accounted for after every security operation to
enhance individual and command responsibility.
22. THAT I am advised by the Advocates for the petitioners on record, which advise I
believe is true that the aforesaid were blatant violations of clear provisions of electoral
laws .
23. THAT I swear this affidavit in support of this Petition and humbly seek this
Honourable courts intervention allow this Petition and secure our democracy.
24. THAT what is deponed to herein is true to the best of my knowledge save for facts and
deposition to which sources I have disclosed.
SWORN at NAIROBI )
By the said ) ………………………
GEORGE KEGORO ) DEPONENT
This day 18TH Day of AUGUST, 2017 )
)
BEFORE ME )
COMMISIONER FOR OATHS )
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P.O BOX 41079-00100, NAIROBI, KENYA
NAIROBI

Written by Kahawa Tungu

Email: news@kahawatungu.com

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