Dp Ruto leads Presidential Vote Reuters, IEBC and Radio Africa tallies show

The standoff at IEBC in declaring the final verified results of the August 9th Presidential elections has created anxiety and confusion. There has been conflicting results about the vote count especially from the social and mainstream media, each media station reporting their own results. Intelligence reports indicated that each media house had their own tallying center and is the reason why the results could not synchronize.

The latest verified IEBC form 34Bs indicated William Ruto leading while Raila Odinga is trailing behind him. The international news agency Reuters reports that William Ruto is leading with 53 percent of the vote in its nearly complete verified form 34As. Radio Africa also reports the provisional results from all form 34Bs that William Ruto leads with 50.36 % compared to Raila’s 48.88%.

Dp Ruto leads Presidential Vote Reuters, IEBC and Radio Africa tallies show
Pictures from Bomas of Kenya

From the tally, William Ruto has bagged 126 constituencies with 7,152,655 votes while Raila takes 1146 constituencies having got 6,942,708 votes, 18 constituencies pending. The difference is 209,947 votes. However, these results are provisional Form 34Bs and subject to verification by IEBC and should be treated with caution.

Royal media services and Standard Group owners on Saturday during a joint press release, declared Azimio Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga the winner. In the statement, Raila Odinga managed 51.13% of the vote against William Ruto with 48.22% of the total votes cast. The joint press release was signed by SK Macharia for Royal Media Services and Gideon Moi for Standard Group.

Dp Ruto leads Presidential Vote Reuters, IEBC and Radio Africa tallies show
Joint press release from RMS and Standard Group

The two media houses have however not released detailed results polling station by polling station to the public. They have only released the overall results indicating Raila Odinga takes the lead. The variation in the results projection by different media houses caught the attention of the Media Council of Kenya after a public outcry and their CEO said the media Players were working together to synchronize the reporting of the election results. The CEO Mr. David Omwoyo said “The truth is media organisations have different capacities and are tallying based on their own parameters. This is what has caused the variations in the results being projected by our media houses”.

“We are liaising with media houses to align the reporting. “No one has asked anyone to stop the tallying and projection of the results. We are collaborating on this as we peer review information being relayed to the public”. On Friday all Media houses stop relaying the Presidential elections to the public, what they ae only displaying are the verified results of the Senators, Women Representatives, Governors and Members of the National Assembly.

Dp Ruto leads Presidential Vote Reuters, IEBC and Radio Africa tallies show
Pictures from Bomas of Kenya

However, they have not been barred from relaying verified results from the IEBC and IEBC are finalizing on their results on Form 34 C. IEBC has made all Form 34As and Form 34Bs available to the public on their portal. What will be used to declare the winner is Form 34C.

Reuters is declaring “Reuters news agency and other media outlets have been tallying results forms from 291 constituencies posted on the election commission website. These have not yet been verified, and this tally is running well ahead of the official one. As of 2100 GMT (Saturday), Reuters had tallied 241 forms, which showed Ruto in the lead with nearly 52.3% of the vote, compared to 47% for Odinga. Two other candidates had less than 1% between them. Thirty other forms could not be included in the count because they were unreadable or were missing information such as signatures, constituency names, or totals”.

Dp Ruto leads Presidential Vote Reuters, IEBC and Radio Africa tallies show
IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati during press briefing at Bomas of Kenya

Nairobi County tallying process has been finalized and the winners are awarded certificates. Governor Johnson Sakaja trounced Polycarp Igathe with 699,392 votes equal to 56% defeating his main competitor Polycarp Igathe who bagged 573,518 votes(41%). Polycarp Igathe has conceded defeat and and he said “I accept the decision of the people of Nairobi and thank all our supporters. The Governor of Nairobi is His Excellency Johnson Sakaja. Congratulations! God bless Kenya”. Also Nairobi Women Representative Esther Muthoni Passaris has defended her seat in a hotly contested race after garnering 698,929 votes to win against her main rival Millicent Omanga who got 586,246 votes. Millicent Omanga has also shown maturity in politics and conceded defeat in a post “I want to thank the people of Nairobi who voted for me & those who didn’t. I accept the results even though they’re not in my favour. @EstherPassaris has won, she deserves our support & prayers as she steers the office of Woman Rep for the next 5 years. May God bless our country”

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