Kenya Election 2022: Why the rely is taking so lengthy

Votes have been counted at every of the greater than 46,000 polling stations and the outcomes have been then despatched to the nationwide tallying centre

Kenyans nonetheless have no idea who their subsequent president will probably be greater than 45 hours after polls closed.

Election head Wafula Chebukati has urged individuals to be affected person and to not panic that media homes are releasing differing tallies.

Every organisation is making calculations primarily based by itself handbook entry of knowledge from greater than 46,000 polling stations.

However it is just the electoral fee that may declare the winner.

The media’s tallies present that the 2 main candidates – Raila Odinga and William Ruto – are neck and neck.

“There needs to be no panic in regards to the variations we’re seeing on the media screens. The outcomes are from the identical public portal; the method [of each broadcaster] is totally different,” Mr Chebukati, the chairperson of the Impartial Electoral and Boundaries Fee (IEBC), mentioned.

He mentioned on the finish of the tallying the outcomes ought to look “comparable”.

Why is it taking so lengthy?

Groups of journalists working for varied retailers are engaged within the laborious process of importing the figures acquired from every of the polling stations one-by-one. Every media home is doing it a distinct pace and selecting the polling stations in a distinct order.

On the subject of the IEBC, on prime of compiling the outcomes, officers must confirm each – one other time consuming process.

Wafula Chekubati

The top of the electoral fee, Wafula Chebukati, has urged individuals to be affected person

Officers are presently evaluating the outcomes the fee acquired within the type of {a photograph} from the polling stations with the precise outcomes sheet, which is being hand delivered to the tallying centre within the capital, Nairobi.

That is to make sure that each outcomes match and a key motive why issues are taking so lengthy.

Counting in some polling stations was additionally delayed and journey to Nairobi, particularly by brokers from far-flung areas, could possibly be additional components in slowing issues down.

How are Kenyans feeling?

There’s a sense of tension within the nation as disputed elections up to now have led to violence or the entire course of being cancelled.

Following the 2007 vote, no less than 1,200 individuals have been killed and 600,000 fled their properties following claims of a stolen election.

In 2017, big logistical errors led the Supreme Court docket to annul the consequence and order the presidential ballot to be re-run. Officers are beneath stress to get issues proper this time.

The nation typically grinds to a halt throughout elections, actions throughout the nation have slowed and faculties stay closed no less than till subsequent week on Monday. In Nairobi’s central enterprise district, the often busy streets are largely abandoned.

Allegations of election rigging are as previous because the nation. It was a part of politics even earlier than multiparty elections have been re-introduced within the Nineties, however the push at no cost and honest elections has by no means faltered.

After the violence that adopted the 2007 election, political events and activists argued for the usage of know-how as an alternative of bodily registers, which could possibly be simply manipulated, to confirm voters.

This yr’s election is the third time know-how has been used but it surely has but to ship an election that has not been challenged within the courts.

Early studies, nevertheless, counsel that the electoral fee might have lastly obtain this elusive objective with this election.

When will we all know the consequence?

On the tempo of the counting is ongoing, the native media is more likely to end tallying provisional outcomes earlier than the tip of day on Thursday.

If there’s a clear chief of the race, celebrations are more likely to get away.

Nonetheless, solely the electoral fee can declare a winner after evaluating and verifying the outcomes.

The electoral fee has seven days after the election day to declare the consequence.

To win the presidential race within the first spherical, a candidate wants:

In any other case voting goes to a second spherical which by regulation has to occur by 8 September.

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