Nairobi, 08 August, 2022 / 10:03 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Kenya have called on the people of God in the East African nation to exercise prudence during the electioneering period, and to avoid all forms of tallying manipulation as the electorate heads to the polls on Tuesday, August 9.
In their weekly Sunday message issued August 7, members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) said that it is possible for some people to “fraudulently generate” poll results.
“We, therefore, plead with all Kenyans, including the political parties, to be extremely prudent and shun any form of manipulation of tallying,” Catholic Bishops in Kenya said in their collective message, which Archbishop Martin Kivuva Musonde of Mombasa Archdiocese read out.
KCCB members said that while political parties have a right to run parallel tallying centers, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) remains the official tallying agency.
“Parallel tallying centers mustn't be used as a means of confusing Kenyans on the legitimate outcome,” Catholic Bishops in Kenya said, adding that IEBC “must truly be honest and transparent”.