The Constitution of Kenya provides that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is responsible for conducting or supervising referenda and elections to any elective body or office established under the Constitution and any other elections as prescribed by an Act of Parliament. In executing its mandate when it comes to declaring election results, the IEBC relies on various forms. These forms range from 34 to 39 and are used to document the results for all the 6 elective positions.
Form 34s are used in documenting presidential results from the polling station all the way to the National Tallying Center.
Form 34A is the first form used to tabulate results of the presidential election. It is filled by the Presiding Officer after the counting of votes at the polling station. It contains details of the votes garnered by each candidate and then details the total number of registered voters in that station, the rejected votes, the objected ones, the disputed and the valid ones. The candidate or their agents are then required to sign and ratify that the contents of that form are correct.
Form 34A is handed over to the Constituency Returning Officer, who then fills Form 34B. It is used for the collation of the presidential election results. On it is indicated: the polling station code, the name of the station, the number of registered voters, what each candidate garnered and the number of valid votes cast.
The Constituency Returning Officer hands over the Form 34C to the chairperson of the IEBC, who is the Presidential Returning Officer. Tallies from all constituencies (detailed in Form 34B) are documented in Form 34C.
Results in Form 34C is then transferred to Form 34D (Certificate of President Elect) – which is used to announce the president-elect.
Form 35s are dedicated to the results of Members of Parliament. At the polling station, the results of the parliamentary contest are filled into Form 35A. Upon arrival at the constituency tallying center, the results in Form 35A are tallied and filled in Form 35B. The tallies are then filled to Form 35C which is used to declare the elected Member of Parliament for a given constituency.
Form 36s are for documenting the results of Members of the County Assembly. MCA results at the polling station are filled in Form 36A. Results from all the polling stations in a given ward are then tallied and filled in Form 36B at the Constituency tallying center and finally to Form 36C that used to declare the winner of a given MCA seat.
Form 37s are used for detailing gubernatorial results. Gubernatorial results at the polling stations are filled in Form 37A. The form is taken to the constituency tallying center and tallied into Form 37B. This form is then moved to the county tallying center and the results from the constituencies are tallied to Form 37C. The results are then tallied to Form 37D and used to declare the elected governor.
Form 38s are used for detailing senatorial results. Senatorial results at the polling stations are filled in Form 38A. The form is taken to the constituency tallying center and tallied into Form 38B. This form is then moved to the county tallying center and the results from the constituencies are tallied to Form 38C. The results are then tallied to Form 38D and used to declare the elected senator.
Form 39s are dedicated to the results of Women Representatives. The women representative results at the polling stations are filled in Form 39A. The form is taken to the constituency tallying center and tallied into Form 39B. This form is then moved to the county tallying center and the results from the constituencies are tallied to Form 39C. The results are then tallied to Form 39D and used to declare the elected women representative.