6 March 2013

Kenya Elections Update - Manual Counting Underway

Photo: Capital FM
Ballot paper(file photo): The electoral commission has taken to manual counting after the electronic system failed to transmit provisional figures.

Tallying of results from Monday Kenyan Polls is still ongoing amid hitches in a new electronic counting system which is delaying the process and forcing the Independent Electoral and Borders Commission of Kenya to adopt a manual counting process.

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, 51, has kept an early lead over his main rival Prime Minister Raila Odinga, 68 since poll results started trickling in. At the last check on the official IEBC online vote counting platform, Uhuru Kenyatta had secured 2,771,097 (53%) of the valid votes counted and Raila Odinga 2,179,833 (42%).

The election commission has said it aims to start tallying final results from returning officers on Wednesday after the electronic system to transmit provisional figures failed. But it has seven days from the vote to declare the official outcome.

Alojz Peterle, chief observer of the European Union mission, said the process had been credible and transparent so far and has tasked all political leaders to respect the final outcome of the elections and if there are any disputes, they should be referred to the courts.

Election officials said turnout was more than 70 percent of the 14.3 million eligible voters.

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