Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati has stated that political parties will be free to tally and monitor results of the forthcoming polls.

Chebukati, however, said that no party will be allowed to announce the results, because this is an exclusive mandate of the electoral body.

NASA led by Raila Odinga has announced plans to establish its own tallying centre, to verify as the results as they trickle in, during the August 8 general elections. Odinga said Nasa will urge its supporters to “adopt a polling station” for purposes of ensuring no rigging takes place, before relaying the same to a centre established for that purpose.

IEBC allows NASA to tally results but not release them

IEBC chair, Chebukati and NASA members

Chebukati had warned that this was a recipe for chaos because tallying and announcing results was IEBC’s mandate. He met with Nasa leaders including Odinga, Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetangula and agreed on how the exercise will be conducted.

The IEBC chairman said political parties and the media can tally and verify results for their internal use but the ultimate results will be released by IEBC.

Kenya heads to the General Election on August 8 and Nasa is working hard to ensure that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Jubilee administration is removed from power.