Elections in Kenya 2022: Raila Odinga and William Ruto in shut presidential race

The verification of outcomes has been stopped a number of instances following complaints from supporters of the important candidates. Reuters

With greater than a 3rd of the outcomes from Kenya’s presidential election now confirmed, the 2 important candidates are neck and neck.

Deputy President William Ruto has taken a slight lead over former Prime Minister Raila Odinga Vice President – 51% in opposition to 48%.

The head of the electoral fee has admitted that the publication of the outcomes of Tuesday’s election goes too slowly.

The verification of outcomes has been stopped a number of instances following complaints from supporters of the important candidates.

Sir. Odinga’s supporters have disrupted the strategy of checking the outcome a number of instances and accused among the election officers, accusing them of tampering with the vote.

Amid the melee, Mr Odinga’s senior marketing campaign supervisor was capable of get to the podium utilized by prime Electoral Commission officers the place he criticized the outcomes verification course of.

“I want to announce to the nation that Bomas of Kenya is a crime scene” mentioned Saitabao Ole Kanchory earlier than the microphone was switched off and he was led away. Bomas is the identify of the cultural heart within the capital Nairobi, which is used because the important counting centre.

Riot police have been deployed contained in the constructing to beef up safety.

The outcomes of 141 of the 292 constituencies have now been formally verified.

In the previous, media organizations have launched preliminary tallies utilizing official knowledge from the 46,000 polling stations. They additionally present a detailed race between the 2 candidates.

Around 14 million votes have been forged – a turnout of 65%.

The electoral fee has till Tuesday 16 August to decide on the winner.

“We have to make adjustments” to pace up the strategy of verifying the outcomes, the top of the electoral physique Wafula Chebukati mentioned in his newest briefing on Saturday.

“It takes three to four hours” to course of the outcome from a single constituency, he mentioned. “Some of our returning officers have been here for three days sitting on chairs, which is completely unacceptable.”

“We believe this will speed up the process and we should be able to dispose of the returning officers within the course of today,” Mr Chebubati mentioned.

Extra cops have additionally been known as in.

Media tallies of outcomes from greater than 46,000 polling stations – printed on the Electoral Commission’s web site – have additionally brought on some confusion within the nation as a result of the counts didn’t match.

Officials denied claims on social media that pretend outcomes had been printed after the system internet hosting the outcomes was hacked.

“Nothing like this has happened. This is misinformation,” mentioned Electoral Commission Executive Director Marjan Hussein Marjan.

What occurs within the important counting centre?

Officials from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) are nonetheless busy verifying the outcomes on the Boma Cultural Centre.

Security has been enhanced at the positioning and entry to the world is restricted.

Election officers examine images of outcomes varieties from the polling stations with bodily varieties that officers dropped at the middle to be certain that the outcomes match.

This painstaking effort has led Mr Chebukati to accuse brokers of key events witnessing the strategy of turning an easy train right into a “forensic” one.

How are the Kenyans?

There is a way of hysteria within the nation as contested elections have beforehand led to violence or your complete course of being cancelled.

After the 2007 vote, a minimum of 1,200 individuals have been killed and 600,000 fled their houses following allegations of a stolen election.

In 2017, main logistical errors led the Supreme Court to annul the outcome and order a rerun of the presidential ballot.

Officials are underneath stress to get issues proper this time.

The nation typically grinds to a halt throughout elections, actions throughout the nation are slowed and faculties stay closed a minimum of till subsequent week on Monday. In Nairobi’s central enterprise district, the often busy streets are largely abandoned.

Allegations of electoral fraud are as outdated because the nation. It was a part of politics even earlier than multiparty elections have been reintroduced within the Nineties, however the push at no cost and honest elections has by no means wavered.

After the violence that adopted the 2007 elections, political events and activists argued for using expertise as an alternative of bodily registers, which could possibly be simply manipulated, to confirm voters.

This yr’s election is the third time the expertise has been used, but it surely has but to ship an election that hasn’t been challenged in courtroom.

When will we all know the outcome?

It is unclear when the ultimate outcomes might be recognized, however the Electoral Commission has elevated the management of the outcomes.

If there’s a transparent chief of the race, celebrations are probably to escape – however solely the IEBC could make that official.

To win the presidential election in the primary spherical, a candidate should:

greater than half of all votes forged nationwide a minimum of 25% of votes forged in a minimal of 24 counties. Otherwise, the vote goes to a second election spherical, which in accordance with the regulation should happen no later than September 8.

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