The debate on numbers against processes is by far the most interesting debate of our times. Regardless of social standings, academic levels and poverty levels we are all weighing in in this debate.
Here is the background, we had an election on 8/8 , which was highly contested in the Apex court of the land based on transmission process and that over 3.5 millions of votes could not be verified as the 34 form series were highly questioned. The highlight of it was the form used by the chief returning officer to declare elections of the presidency was also questionable.
The numbers side though argues that there is no question of numbers and the will of the people is only expressed by a figure. They even give an analogy that if one is rich they are rich whether the wealth is legally or illegally acquired.
Anyway the debate is endless and will be endless as long as Kenyans we keep living in the partisan dichotomy that hangs over our heads.
Here is my take in all this though;
The means in an election must justify the end contrary to the common belief that the end justify the means. Our elections are designed to be simple,credible free and fair elections but most importantly verifiable.
They lacked in two key aspects ,the simplicity of systems of transmission is not understood by most or rather many of Kenyans. Two the verifiability of the same was highly contested. The smoking gun though was lack of goodwill to open servers and prove that the announced numbers are those in the transmission servers.
So in as much as numbers are important the numbers can only be the right numbers if the processes are clear and to the point. The will and right of the people is every single voter gets to have his vote count.
The debate will go on and on but objectively for our generation and Generations to come we must agree both numbers and process must be in tandem otherwise if one lacks either the numbers or the processes we need to go back to drawing board to ensure that is sorted.