It’s D-Day today: Uhuru or Raila

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AS Kenyans eagerly await to know their next president, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said yesterday that the final results will be announced today.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati made the announcement, saying tallying from 290 constituencies will be concluded by noon today and immediately declaring the winner.

“We have called all the returning officers to ensure forms 34A and 34B are here by 12 noon tomorrow (today). We will validate the forms and make the announcement thereafter,” Mr Chebukati told reporters at Bomas of Kenya.

He said only 1,032 out of the 40,883 polling stations had not submitted the results by 2:40 pm yesterday. In the IEBC website that was updated late last evening, Jubilee candidate Uhuru Kenyatta was ahead in the hotly contested presidential race with 8,104,350 votes, 54.24 per cent as NASA’s Raila Odinga had garnered 6,704,589 votes, per cent.

Both IEBC Chairman Chebukati and Chief Executive Officer Azra Chiloba made it clear that the final results would be announced after going through all the forms submitted by returning officers from the polling stations, insisting that the results streamed by various media outlets were just provisional.

But, NASA leaders led by Musalia Mudavadi, James Orengo and their presidential candidate Odinga, at a press conference, asked IEBC to declare their presidential aspirant as the rightful winner.

Mr Mudavadi said they had received information from within IEBC circles hinting that undoctored IEBC results in its database showed that Odinga had garnered 8,417,726 votes while Kenyatta had collected 7,755,428. When asked to reveal their source of information, he said they could not for fear of safety of their source, reminding of the commission’s director of ICT Chris Musando whose murder remains mysterious.

But, he said the source of information can be revealed before the court of law should they be required. Mr Mudavadi insisted that NASA had all documents to support their claims.

He said the alliance had written IEBC, expressing their concerns and demanding the declaration of their presidential candidate as the rightful winner. Observers yesterday issued their preliminary statements, declaring the polls as free and fair.

In its preliminary statement to reporters yesterday morning, the East African Community Observer Mission described the election as ‘neat and tidy’. Head of EAC Observer Mission said despite the long queues at dawn at the polling day, everyone voted.

Tanzanian Adam Kimbisa who spoke after the head of EAC team, said the mission was not in a position to establish the authenticity of hacking claims due to lack of technical knowhow.

African Union Observer Mission under former South Africa President Thabo Mbeki said the process that also allowed prisoners to vote, “was consistent with policies of the African Union” but voter education was insufficient.

Mr Mbeki said the Mission visited 464 polling stations across the country, describing the election as “largely peaceful.” He urged the agitated opposition supporters to stay calm.

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry also spoke as an observer, representing the Carter Centre, saying he witnessed the openness of the election process.

He also confirmed that he had had a meeting with Raila Odinga on Wednesday evening where the NASA Presidential aspirant raised his concerns over the IEBC transmission of results.

We have listened to Odinga’s concerns and they deserve attention,“ he said. He however, condemned ‘loose statements’ by some leaders as he took a jab at press briefing held by NASA on Wednesday.

“…You can’t have a leader saying to his supporters; remain calm but when required, we will call you to action. That doesn’t help,” he remarked. The former Secretary of State, impliedly talking to presidential aspirants, said leaders owe it to the electorate to accept loss in an election.

“I know what it means to lose an election. You however must move on. If it’s Mr Kenyatta who loses, he must be prepared to cede power. If it’s Mr Odinga he must be ready to accept.” Former Ghana President John Mahama, the head of Commonwealth Observer Mission described the election as free and fair, urging the stakeholders to give IEBC time to conclude the process.

The European Union (EU) team asked Kenyans not to take election as matter of life and death.

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