3 days after Kenyans cast their votes to elect their leaders, the country awaits the defining moment which will see the IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati announce the winning presidential candidate.
Even as anxiety and pressure build up, the IEBC has been managing the expectations and urged Kenyans to keep calm as they continue with the vote verification process.
The constitution allows for a 7-day period since voting day for the presidential election results to be made public, IEBC chair during his statement assured Kenyans that they are working around the clock to ensure that the exercise is concluded as soon as possible.
As of Friday morning, the IEBC had received 46201 of 46229 form 34 As and 186 of 291 form 34Bs. Wafula Chebukati during a press conference on Thursday also announced presidential results from one constituency.
With the race being one of the tightest in the country’s election history, Kenyans are impressed that some leaders who had vied for other parliamentary seats and lost in this election have been quick in conceding defeat.
It’s however not been all smooth as some leaders have expressed their dissatisfaction with how the exercise is being conducted citing slowness and irregularities in some regions. One of the major concerns recently reported is allegations made by the jubilee party claiming that the Ruto-affiliated party rigged elections in 33 MT Kenya constituents. The UDA party is however yet to respond to these claims.
As of Thursday evening, the leading parties in the battle for the presidential seat; Azimio & UDA had already set up venues at KICC and CUEA respectively as they wait for the final declaration by IEBC.
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