IEBC Explains Glaring Errors on 2017 Election Report

IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati at the commission
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Friday, May 22, explained that the errors in the deleted report of the 2017 election were occasioned by a large volume of data that had not properly been sifted through during verification process. 

“The errors were occasioned by the transfer of data from the scanned election result forms into an excel format followed by filtering and sorting of the excel data. Some errors are likely to occur when working with such massive data.

“In the process of re-verification some minor transposition errors were noted and will be corrected through the corrigenda, although, none had material effect on the declared results,” a statement by the IEBC read.

Earlier in the week, IEBC was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons after uploading the 2017 General Election report which had glaring errors.

IEBC uploaded the 2017 General Election data on its website and posted the link on Twitter, yet the data that contained numerous irregularities, making it a subject of discussion and mockery. 

Some of the mistakes noted were results indicating that Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo and the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth lost their parliamentary bids in the 2017 General Election.

IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati at the commission’s office at Anniversary Towers in Nairobi in June 2017.


Upon realising that the report was riddled with errors, the commission recalled the document for correction and thereafter re-uploaded it.

“The report has been reviewed to correct the errors and reuploaded on the commission’s website for sharing with members of the public. We urge Kenyans to interact with the report and share with the commission their observations and thoughts on the various aspects of the report,” the commission revealed.

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IEBC further announced that the next phase of the electoral cycle had commenced and that the requisite preparatory measures necessary for the conduct and management of the next election were underway.

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A screenshot of the amended 2017 election report.

“This includes the revision of our Strategic Plan 2020-2025, which has been finalised and is ready for stakeholder input. The strategy document will guide the Commission’s processes for the next five years,” the statement revealed.