Claim that IEBC removed all Form 34Bs from website false, forms still online

By Eunice Omollo 

Kenya’s election is expected to reach its climax today with the announcements of final presidential election results. However as at 5pm local time, the announcement is yet to begin.

The presidential election has been a steep race between Raila Odinga, the former prime minister, and William Ruto, the incumbent deputy president. The chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Wafula Chebukati, is expected to announce the winner at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi.                                                                                                                                                                                 

Kenyans have been trying to find out who the next president will be. On 15 August 2022, a Twitter user posted:

BREAKING IEBC has removed ALL Forms 34B from its portal. This comes just hours before the commission announces the winner of the presidential poll. Preliminary results show stiff competition between Raila Amollo Odinga and William Ruto.”

We checked if this potentially worrying claim was true.

According to subsidiary legislation under the Elections Act 2011, four forms are used by the elections commission to record results in a presidential election.

Form Purpose
34A  Presidential election results at the polling station
34B Collation of presidential election results at the constituency tallying centre
34C Declaration of results for election of the President of the Republic of Kenya at the national tallying centre
34D Certificate of the President- Elect of the Republic of Kenya

Source: National Council for Law Reporting

As at 13:43 pm on 15 August 2022, according to the IEBC forms website, there were 288 out of 292 Form 34B forms uploaded on the website, adding up to 98.97 % of the total forms.

The claim is false.

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