IEBC Responds to Existence of Ghost Polling Stations


The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Saturday, May 11 responded to claims of ghost polling stations in Baringo County.

In a statement, the commission denied the allegations circulating online that President William Ruto and other candidates got votes from the polling stations in the 2022 General Elections.

“Our attention is drawn to inaccurate and misleading content circulating in social media regarding ‘non-existent polling stations’ allegedly used in the 2022 General Election,” read part of the statement.

Former IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati (centre) receives the first batch of ballot papers at JKIA on July 7, 2022.

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The said polling stations were located in Baringo County and included Kampi Ya Nyasi Secondary School, Kasaka Primary School, Kasaka Mixed Secondary School and  Kaptiony Girls’ High School.

According to the commission, the process of mapping the polling stations is stakeholders-driven and includes political parties and members of the public.

IEBC also shared a link to the 46,229 polling stations which were gazetted before the General Election.

The commission noted that this is in the public domain and urged all Kenyans to check the list for accurate information.

 Allegations of ghost polling stations came to light after an expose done by NTV showing that the said schools only had a signpost with no learners or structures.

The news item also revealed that the schools had board members, and bank accounts but the institutions did not physically exist.

After the feature, Kenyans shared photos online where Kaptiony Girls High School was listed as a polling station on the IEBC portal during the elections.

The photo also indicated that President Ruto had accumulated 37,635 votes out of the possible 50,237 votes cast in Baringo North Constituency.

In an earlier fact check by Kenyans.co.ke, it was revealed that only Kaptiony Primary School in Baringo North was listed as a polling station.

The fact check revealed that the photo was altered and used by opposition supporters to dismiss the presidential results announced on August 15.

Ruto won the election with 7,176,141 votes with 175,170 votes from Baringo County beating out Raila Odinga, George Wajackoyah and David Mwaure.

William Ruto on the left holding his certificate with Rigathi Gachagua on the right accompanied by other Kenya Kwanza leaders at Bomas of Kenya on August 15, 2022

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