The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has removed 2017 Election results from their website after errors were noticed in the data. On May 16th, IEBC uploaded the election results data on their website for Kenyans to freely access and notified Kenyans via Twitter. However, they removed the data today after a few errors were spotted on the results.
“The commission has recalled the 2017 General Election data that was uploaded on the IEBC website after a few typographic errors occasioned by massive data were noted. The corrected document will be re-uploaded and shared in due course. Inconvenience caused is highly regrettable,” IEBC said.
The false IEBC data
The erroneous data showed that the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth and Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo had lost in the 2017 elections.
In Kibera, the wrong IEBC data showed that Judah Martin had won the Kibra seat with 66, 914 votes while Ken Okoth only had 5, 996 votes.
To make matters worse, the data showed that Noah Onyango had won the parliamentary seat in 2017 elections with 27, 208 votes against Millie Odhiambo who only had 65 votes.
Additional 2017 Election Information
The data also showed that the number of registered voters had risen from 14,388,781 in 2013 to 19, 611, 423 in 2017.
In addition, IEBC said people outside the country were also able to vote after they increased polling stations.
“To facilitate voting, the commission increased the number of polling stations to 40, 883 from 31, 981 in 2013. There was a total of 103 polling stations in prisons and 10 polling stations outside the country namely: Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Africa. Notably there was a significant increase in the number of registered voters out of which majority were youth,” the IEBC data read.
Out of the registered voters, 17.4% were aged between 18-25 years which was a slight increase from 17% in 2013.
Yesterday, IEBC notified the public about the available election results for 2017 and directed Kenyans to check out the information online but later removed it. However, IEBC said it will put the information after errors have been corrected.