Juliana Cherera, Vice Chair of the IEBC:‘I Am Not On Social Media’

Juliana Cherera, vice chair of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), has admitted that she has no social media profile.

This comes after a flood of identities with her name have appeared, primarily on Facebook and Twitter, and have been sending messages claiming to be from her.

However, Ms. Cherera disavowed all of the aforementioned accounts in a message to Citizen Digital and said that she has since taken action against them.

“I am not on social media. All those Facebook/Twitter accounts are fake and I have reported them to the relevant organizations/authorities,” she wrote.

The accounts began to surface as the election commission divided, with Ms. Cherera and three other commissioners opposing Chairman Wafula Chebukati and his two commissioners.

The two sides are having a very public argument over the outcome of the presidential election.

The division was caused by the final results of the presidential election, which led to the chairman of the commission declaring a winner, which President-elect William Ruto accepted, and which was rejected by the other half, including Raila Odinga of Azimio-One Kenya.

Since then, the coalition party Azimio la Umoja One Kenya has stated that it is looking into legal and constitutional options to contest the results of the presidential election.

The group of Ms. Chyerera made up of commissioners Francis Wanderi, Irene Masit, and Justus Nyang’aya asserts, among other reasons, that the average results percentages for the four presidential contenders exceeded 100%, raising questions about the veracity of the total number of votes counted.

They refused them access to the site backend, where the final tally was being done, claiming that Chebukati had exclusive access to it.

In an unexpected turn of events, Chebukati asserted that the four commissioners who repudiated the final results wished to mandate a re-run of the poll.

He insisted that all votes in the presidential election, in which Ruto was declared the victor, were verified and counted by the commissioners, who also had access to all results.

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Written by Esther Oyugi

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