ELECTION BODY OFFICIAL DISMISSES CLAIMS OF ALTERATIONS OF FORMS 34A.

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Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati.

BY SAM ALFAN.

An Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) database base administrator has dismissed claims of alterations and interference of forms that were uploaded at the electoral body portal

Martin Nyaga said in affidavit that the claims are unfounded because the transmission of scanned image in pdf format from from the time captured by the presiding officer or storage of the forms in IEBC portal cannot alter the content of the form.

He dismissed allegations contained by Benard Adongo who is supporting the petition by Raila Odinga seeking to overturn president elect William Ruto’s victory at the Supreme Court.

Nyaga says that Adongo’s affidavit is mischievous, unmerited, substantively deficient and based on unfounded and unsubstantiated allegations and amount to misuse of legal process.

He adds that Form 34As transmitted on the portal were never interfered at any instance and for avoidance of doubt, the Form 34A relied on by the commission to tally, verify and declare the presidential results were the physical original Form 34A from the presiding officers.

He explained that the forms were physically brought to the National Tallying center and formed the basis of final tally after verification of the presidential results.

“The allegations flatly fails lack on substantiation and proof by evidence and the whole affidavit is coached and drawn fatally defective and should be disregarded,” says Nyaga.

He alleged that Adondo has been coached based on imaginary and unverified allegations with an aim to taint the electoral process conducted by IEBC which received overwhelming credence , thumbing and approval globally and same should not be entertained as it is a misuse of judicial time.

Nyaga adds that the alleged fraud and malpractices by the electoral body are unsubstantiated and denied. He confirms that all forms are digitally signed and key metadata can been seen in digital signature which provides for the KIEMS Kit used, date and time when the form was created.

In his replying affidavit, he further dismisses Adongo allegations that forms did not contain details on key descriptive metadata saying it is striking inconsistency and contradiction shows Raila’s sole purpose is to mislead Supreme Court.

He adds that the alleged time differential between creation and modification is imaginary, fake and false as the forms were modified.

“I confirm there was no conversion from jpeg to pdf format. The KIEMS Kit software was designed to take a scanned image in pdf format. The forms have digital signature that indicate they have not been modified,” says Nyaga.

He further reiterate that the allegations of time interval from creation to modification from a few minutes to five minutes are unfounded, baseless , callous and merely meant to mislead the court.

According to Nyaga, the alleged peculiar unusual on the forms are unfounded. He confirmed that the transmission of scanned image in pdf format from from the time captured by the presiding officer or storage of the forms in IEBC portal cannot alter the content of the form.

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