The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will begin the official announcing of results on Wednesday following a delay by the returning officers to transmit results back to Nairobi in time.
The delay has been attributed to the high voter turnout during the Monday vote that in turn delayed the closure of many polling stations in parts of Kenya. IEBC estimates that there was more than 70 percent voter turn up although the commission is yet to come up with the final figure.
Just after polling closed on Monday evening, provisional results trickled in at the IEBC tally centre at Bomas of Kenya but the trend took slowed down on Tuesday afternoon raising concern as well as speculation in the different quarters.
Politicians too like Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, the CORD running mate, even issued a statement indicating that elections results were too slow. The coalition has since agreed that there is a system delay.
William Ruto, the Jubilee running mate is also concerned that IEBC will change the computation of presidential results percentages to include those of invalid votes. He demands to know why the commission is choosing to include to invalid votes in the percentages. He says he will take up the issue with IEBC on Wednesday while at the same time urging Kenyans to be patient.
Ruto also expressed concern that certain observer missions are influencing the IEBC at Bomas. He however did not substantiate his claim saying the matter would be made known after the final results are announced.
Isaack Hassan, the IEBC chairperson has indeed acknowledged there is a problem but promised it is going to be sorted out. Hassan told journalists at Bomas that the commission is consulting with IT experts to identify and sort out the problem. The 290 returning officers will report to Nairobi by tomorrow with the official results.
Hassan says that by 6.45 pm on Tuesday evening, only 13,475 polling stations had transmitted the results to the main tally centre at Bomas. With 33,000 polling stations and with 14.3 million registered voters, the commission has an uphill task to complete the exercise.
By 10 pm on Tuesday, Uhuru Kenyatta was still leading with over 2.7 million votes with Raila Odinga following in closely at 2.1million votes. In the various counties both candidates are competing depending on whose stronghold it belongs.
In Tana River where there were pre-election violence Raila Odinga is in the lead with more than 25,000 votes while Uhuru Kenyatta comes in second with 11,000 votes. So far in Taita Taveta where the Kenyatta family own more than 30,000 acres of land as revealed during the presidential debate, Uhuru is trailing Raila with 2,163 and 15,650 votes respectively. However these numbers are still changing as vote tallying is still underway.
Raila is also leading in Siaya County, one of his strongholds with more tha 100,000 votes and counting. But in Nyeri and Murang’a Counties, considered to be Jubilee strongholds, Uhuru is leading.
In Samburu county the race between the two coalitions is tight as the results continue to trickle in albeit slowly.