Lawyer Mahat Somane on Friday explained why the electoral commission suddenly stopped the live transmission of election results at Bomas of Kenya.
In his submissions on Friday at the Supreme Court, Somane said there was a clog in the IEBC portal that affected the transmission of results.
“For three days, we had only verified 50 returning officers, the process became clogged. For you to be able to transmit (the results), verification had to happen first,” he said.
“That means those ROs had to be stopped because verification cannot happen as the announcement is happening, we will be running numbers that have to been announced yet.”
He said that IEBC had to stop the process and give verification a chance because of the forensic audit that had been recommended.
Somane said that stopping the live transmission was nothing malicious.
“There were three sets of transmissions at Bomas, one on the forms that had been downloaded, the second one related to the constituencies and the one which had stopped was the one on the tally,” he said.