Kenyans came out in large numbers on the 8th of August to vote for their preferred candidates for the presidential slot in counties and constituencies across the nation. As the tallying of presidential votes started, they maintained their calm, waiting patiently for the results. Uhuru Kenyatta, the incumbent president, took an early lead against Raila Odinga, the opposition candidate, when the tallying started last night. There were 40,883 polling stations and by 12 a.m., 26,279 had already posted their results with the center at Bomas. By around 3 a.m., Kenyatta had garnered up to 55% of the of the 11.4 million votes already cast, giving him an edge over Odinga, who had garnered 44% of the votes. In total, 19.6 million votes were cast which would have soon brought an end to the tallying and, most likely, confirmed a second term for Kenyatta.
However, Odinga was dissatisfied with the results and called for a meeting with officials from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the Kenyan electoral body. The president’s contingent, Jubilee, was represented by Raphael Tuju, the Secretary, and David Chirchir, Uhuru’s agent, as well as Winnie Guchu, an official of the party, while NASA was represented by Musalia Mudavadi and James Orengo. In the meeting, they discussed concerns over the delay in result transmission from the polling stations. Mudavadi and Orengo addressed a press conference at Bomas of Kenya thereafter, stating that the results that were being released by the IEBC at their portal were a sham due to copies from the original polling stations and constituency tallying result forms not being available. They have called for a halt in the results until the forms are made available.
Furthermore, Odinga called another press conference in Westlands where the NASA offices are situated. He reinforced the message sent by his campaign managers, stating that the original results were unavailable. The IEBC, on the other hand, had addressed another conference in its defense, indicating that the results uploaded to the portal were the same as those transmitted from constituency tallies and polling stations. Addressing the press conference, Consolata Maina, IEBC’s Vice Chairman, shunned Odinga’s request, stating that it is IEBC’s duty to continue transmitting the results to the media and public. The 12 million Kenyans who turned up to cast their votes, however, continue to maintain peace and no violence has been reported despite the tension that is currently engulfing the country.