Kenya’s electoral physique has restricted entry to the nationwide tallying centre in an effort to pace up the method of verifying presidential outcomes.
Anybody who isn’t a celebration agent, election observer or a part of the media ought to depart the centre.
The verification of outcomes has been stopped a number of occasions after complaints by supporters of the principle candidates.
Confirmed outcomes present former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has a slight edge over Deputy President William Ruto.
With 93 of the 292 constituencies declared, he has 52% of the vote towards 47% for Mr Ruto.
Nevertheless, provisional outcomes tallied by media organisations utilizing official information from the 46,000 polling stations present a decent race between the 2 candidates. About 14 million votes had been solid – a turnout of 65%.
The electoral fee has as much as Tuesday subsequent week to declare the winner.
“We’ve got to make changes” to quicken the method of verifying outcomes, the pinnacle of the electoral physique Wafula Chebukati mentioned in his newest briefing on Saturday.
“It is taking three to 4 hours” to course of one every outcomes from a single constituency, he mentioned. “A few of our returning officers have stayed right here for 3 days sitting on chairs which is completely unacceptable.”
He introduced that further employees would assist clear the remaining 124 ballot officers, in addition to give occasion brokers copies of the remaining outcomes types which they’ll evaluate with these despatched electronically.
Additional cops have additionally been drafted in.
“We imagine that this may fasten the method and we must always be capable to get rid of the returning officers in the middle of at present,” Mr Chebubati mentioned.
Media tallies of outcomes from greater than 46,000 polling stations – posted on the electoral fee’s web site – have prompted some confusion within the nation as a result of the counts did not match.
Officers denied claims on social media that pretend outcomes had been posted after the system internet hosting the outcomes was hacked.
“Nothing like that has occurred. It’s misinformation,” mentioned the electoral fee’s CEO Marjan Hussein Marjan.
What is going on on the fundamental tallying centre?
Primarily based at a cultural centre known as Bomas within the capital, Nairobi, officers from the Impartial Electoral and Boundaries Fee (IEBC) are busy verifying outcomes.
Safety has been enhanced on the venue and entry to the compound restricted.
Electoral officers are evaluating images of outcome types from greater than 46,000 polling stations nationwide to bodily types being delivered to centre by officers from every of the 290 constituencies.
That is to make sure that the outcomes match.
Mr Chebukati had accused brokers from the principle events, who’re witnessing the method, of turning a simple train right into a “forensic” one.
How are Kenyans feeling?
There’s a sense of tension within the nation as disputed elections previously have led to violence or the entire course of being cancelled.
Following the 2007 vote, at the least 1,200 folks had been killed and 600,000 fled their houses following claims of a stolen election.
In 2017, enormous logistical errors led the Supreme Court docket to annul the outcome and order the presidential ballot to be re-run.
Officers are below strain to get issues proper this time.
The nation typically grinds to a halt throughout elections, actions throughout the nation have slowed and colleges stay closed at the least till subsequent week on Monday. In Nairobi’s central enterprise district, the often busy streets are principally abandoned.
Allegations of election rigging are as previous because the nation. It was a part of politics even earlier than multiparty elections had been re-introduced within the Nineties, however the push without spending a dime and truthful elections has by no means faltered.
After the violence that adopted the 2007 election, political events and activists argued for using expertise as a substitute of bodily registers, which might be simply manipulated, to confirm voters.
This yr’s election is the third time expertise has been used however it has but to ship an election that has not been challenged within the courts.
When will we all know the outcome?
It is unclear when the ultimate outcomes might be recognized, however the electoral fee has ramped up the verification of the outcomes.
If there’s a clear chief of the race, celebrations are prone to escape – however solely the IEBC could make it official.
To win the presidential race within the first spherical, a candidate wants:
In any other case voting goes to a second spherical which by legislation has to occur by 8 September.
Daniel Elton, senior editor at Wahu Times, writes about politics and policy with a focus on climate advocacy. Daniel previously at the New Republic and, and Self. Daniel can be reached by email.