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Vote count underway in Kenya’s presidential elections
After polling stations in the country were closed, vote counting and tallying for Kenya’s General Election have begun.

Wafula Chebukati, Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission was able to update his followers on Tuesday evening. He stated that voting has been completed in all polling stations in the country and that counting has begun.

Chebukati pointed out that the counting was done at three levels: constituencies, polling centers and the national stage.

He said that they are currently verifying transmitted images of forms used for capturing results at the national tallying centre.

These forms are being sent from the polling centres.

Chairman of IEBC, John Sullivan, noted that the commission heavily relies on technology in its results transmission system. The results were originally sent once.

“As a Commission, we ask for patience from Kenyans as this is a rigorous exercise. “We will complete this exercise as quickly as possible,” Chebukati said, adding that the constitution gives the commission seven days to announce its results.

The preliminary results of the commission showed that Raila Odinga, a veteran opposition leader, and William Ruto (Deputy President) were neck-to-neck in terms of the top presidential candidates.

Although technical difficulties were reported, Tuesday’s voting process was smooth across the country.

Voters thronged the over 46,299 polling stations as early as 3 a.m., eager to elect their leaders.

The polling stations opened at 6 a.m., and closed at 5 pm. The process of casting their ballots began with identification using a kit called KIEMS.

After one had been identified, the ballot papers were given to them. They then had to mark their ballots before dropping their respective boxes in.

“At noon, 6. 56 million Kenyans had voted. This equates to 30. 65 percent of the 22.1 million registered voters,” said Chebukati.

And by 4 p.m., some 12.1 million voters had cast their ballots out of the 22.1 million registered, which translates to 56.2 percent turnout, said Chebukati.

He stated that the KIEMS kit had not worked in certain polling stations and delayed voting.

Therefore, the commission authorized manual registers to be used in 84 voting stations in Makueni in eastern Kenya and in 154 stations at Kakamega in the western region.

On the other hand, diaspora voting happened in 12 countries, said Chebukati.
High-stakes voting
results are awaiting a tense Kenyanairobi: Kenyans waited anxiously on Wednesday for the results of the country’s presidential election after a largely peaceful poll, with low turnout in some areas suggesting growing frustration with the political elite.Although presidential frontrunners William Ruto and Raila Odinga have both vowed to maintain calm following Tuesday’s poll, the memory of past election-related violence remains fresh for many Kenyans, who have urged political parties to accept the results.With pressure building on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which has to declare the results by August 16, officials worked overnight to count votes and dispel rigging fears.
Wafula Chebukati, chairman of IEBC, said that Kenyans should be patient as they undertake the rigorous exercise. He also stated that they would do their best to finish it as soon as possible.

The Bomas of Kenya auditorium is now more of a Church event, especially when the commission gives an update on what is happening in all electoral areas of Kenya.

This was a marked departure from previous exercises, where the room was reduced to a shouting match between opposing groups and where the chairman of the commission would walk out of a room and make an announcement before disappearing with his entourage.
Jeff Brown Investor