As the country waits for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson Wafula Chebukati to announce the presidential results, Kenyans have been attempting to debunk the debate over Forms 34A, which have taken center stage in the vote tallying process.
According to the IEBC, various forms are used in the verification of presidential election results.
It is worth noting that all Forms 34 are used to document Presidential results.
The following is a list of the forms and their functions:
It is used to record results from polling stations. The County Returning Officers complete and sign the document, which is then submitted to the IEBC portal and accessed at the National polling station, the Bomas of Kenya.
The form includes the number of votes cast for each presidential candidate, the total number of registered voters in that station, and the number of rejected, protested, disputed, and valid votes.
This document is used to collate all the numbers from different polling stations and class them under the constituency level bracket.
It entails the polling station codes, station name, numbers of registered voters, vote totals for each candidate, and the number of valid votes cast.
This means that there are 290 Forms 34B representing the number of constituencies.
The process helps to verify whether what was indicated in Form 34A matches what is in Form 34B.
This is a compilation of all Forms 34B into one document. It is the official document from which chairman Chebukati will announce the results and declare the president.
The verification process however takes time as one form can take a returning officer anywhere between 20 to 30 minutes. That translates to long hours considering the fact that there are 290 forms.