Truth About Form 34C Uploaded On IEBC Portal
Even before the results are released, Kenyans are urged to exercise caution, especially when sharing fake news on social media platforms.
Kenyans are entering a crucial period whereby the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is working around the clock to ensure that the presidential results are officially released by the Tuesday, August 16 deadline in accordance with the law.
"Within seven (7) days after the presidential election, the chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission shall; (a) declare the result of the election; and (b) deliver a written notification of the result to the Chief Justice and the incumbent president," reads Article 138(10) of the Constitution.
Even before the results are released, Kenyans are urged to exercise caution, especially when sharing fake news on social media platforms. Take for instance, Viral Tea intercepted alleged claims that there was a Form 34C uploaded on the IEBC portal.
Screenshot of an error message displayed on the IEBC portal when one tries to download the Form 34C. /FILE
The Form 34C is a compilation of all Forms 34B into one document. It is the official document from which Chebukati will announce the results and declare Kenya's fifth president.
The verification process however takes time as one form can take a returning officer anywhere between 20 to 30 minutes. Because there are 291 forms, the process could take between 4 to 6 days, with 274 of them uploaded on the portal as of Sunday, August 15 at 3.05 pm.
Viral Tea visited the portal to check if the Form 34C was allegedly uploaded and found that it was. However, upon accessing it, the data could not be accessed by members of the public.
Upon trying to download the message, it read an error that stated "This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below."
This form led to a section of Kenyans wildly claiming that the presidential candidate they supported had won the election. This year's elections features Deputy President William Ruto of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), Azimio la Umoja's Raila Odinga, George Wajackoyah of the Roots Party and David Mwaure of the Agano Party, who has since conceded.
Viral Tea can now verify that the form has not been made public by the National Returning Officer (NRO), that's chairperson Wafula Chebukati.
So far, 182 of 291 constituencies have had their presidential results announced by the commission, which now has less than two days to determine who will be the next President of the Republic of Kenya.
Moments ago, Mwaure conceded defeat after confessing that his performance was too far from that of the top two in the presidential race.
The Agano party leader also claimed that there was a plot to disrupt the ongoing verification of results at the National Tallying Centre (NTC) at the Bomas of Kenya.
While pointing out the chaos witnessed at Bomas on Saturday, August 13, he called for the stoppage of the tallying process by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), adding that it was aimed at creating confusion and manipulating the outcome of the results.
Mwaure also openly endorsed Deputy President William Ruto, terming him as the leading candidate in the tightly contested race. Ruto is competing under the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
"As we concede we endorse the winning friend, his excellency Dr William Samoei Ruto as the leading candidate. We urged the IEBC to be fervent in declaring his win when it is time to do so. We support him because his manifesto agrees with ours," he added, even as the official results are yet to be declared by the IEBC.
He noted that Ruto was an advocate of freedom of worship and the drive to ensure that Kenya remains a 'God-fearing nation'.
David Mwaure talking on his phone before addressing the media on August 14, 2022. /DAILY NATION