The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has kicked politicians out of the National Tallying Centre located at the Bomas of Kenya.
In an announcement on Saturday, August 13, Commissioner Abdi Guliye ordered politicians and anyone who had no specific duty to vacate the tallying centre where the verification of the Forms 34A and 34B is taking place.
Guliye stated that the directive was in line with IEBC’s plan to hasten the verification process and reduce interference from unauthorised individuals including politicians.
The Commissioner added that IEBC would only allow the Chief Agents of the presidential candidates, their deputies and clerks assisting in the verification process to access the auditorium.
“We have also given instructions at the gate that no one should be allowed at the venue. That is the instructions we have given to the police,” he announced.
However, election observers, diplomats and the media were allowed to stay on and monitor the process.
The decision by the electoral commission did not sit well with the leaders of the Kenya Kwanza team and the Azimio la Umoja faction as they protested the move to lock them out.
Since the commencement of the verification of the Form 34Bs, various politicians allied to the two presidential candidates namely former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto have thronged the tallying center to monitor the process.
Their presence has, however, seen the process temporarily halted as the two factions clashed over the suspicious activity of some of the agents.