“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 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.