Kenya electoral officials blame presidential candidates’ agents for results delay

The chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has accused party agents of approaching a “forensic audit”-like process, which he says is disruptive. process.

“Please do not interrogate the returning officers and slow down the process. If we do, we will not be able to complete the exercise,” President Wafula Chebukati told a press conference on Friday.

“Agent, do your part: observe, make notes, and then let the process go,” he threatened to eject the disruptive individuals.

Three days after polls closed, 99.94% of results from polling stations have been submitted electronically, but only a small number have been verified and declared by the IEBC.

The wait has fueled anxiety across the country as Kenyans anxiously wait to find out the winner of the presidential race. Provisional results by major TV stations showed Raila Odinga and William Ruto leading the race. However, with more than 13 million of the nearly 14 million votes cast, broadcasters have stopped updating the tally as of Thursday night.

Kenya’s electoral law requires designated polling officers, known as returning officers, to bring physical forms showing the results across the country to tallying centers in the capital, Nairobi.

The IEBC has until Monday, August 15 to announce the results. The commission has tightened its waist Law which allows up to seven days (from the day of voting) to declare the winner. The delay has fueled misinformation among Kenyans who are eager to know who their next president is. Some influential Kenyans have posted unverified claims on social media regarding the conduct of the election while announcing the victory of their preferred candidates.

The presidential contest is largely seen as a two-horse race between Deputy President Ruto and veteran opposition leader Odinga, who was backed by outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta for the top job.

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