Returning Officers in Bomas with Kenya's presidential results
By ISAAC ONGIRI firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wednesday, March 06, 2013
A clear picture of who won the Monday presidential elections is
expected to show later Wednesday morning after several Returning
Officers began arriving at the Bomas of Kenya to physically deliver the
The officers were delivering duly signed Form 34 and 33
capturing the results to be announced by the commission later on
Only 13,000 polling centres had relayed their results
electronically giving Jubilee flagbearer Uhuru Kenyatta a lead with
2,790,417 with Cord's Raila Odinga trailing with 2,199,092.
About 11.5 million Kenyans took part in the elections.
Mr Odinga had secured 25 per cent in 31 counties while Mr Kenyatta had also garnered 25 per cent in 32 counties.
Analysts predicted the election could go either way with
both Mr Odinga and Mr Kenyatta registering strong wins in their
Earlier IEBC chairman Mr Ahmed Issack Hassan directed that
all Returning Officers be summoned to the city to deliver results
Up to 70 Returning Officers from various constituencies
around the country had arrived at the Bomas of Kenya by 3am on Wednesday
and were queuing to file their returns before the results they
delivered could be accepted.
“IEBC puts rapid transport measures to ensure Returning
Officers deliver official results by early morning. This should
tremendously increase poll results by mid-morning Wednesday March
6,”read a text message dispatched by the commission.
The commission would largely rely on the physically
delivered results after the visualisation of the electronic results
transmission facility they were using collapsed.
Party agents were also available at the tallying centre to
carefully verify and reconcile the results as they were submitted by
the commission officials.
Cord team at the Bomas of Kenya comprised of cabinet
ministers James Orengo, Franklin Bett, Assistant minister Gideon
Ndambuki and the ODM chief agent Prof Larry Gumbe.
The Jubilee team also comprised cabinet minister Charity Ngilu, Moses Kuria, Johnson Sakaja among others.
The IEBC had come under pressure from the two main
political parties to release results to avoid raising tension in the
country due to the uncertainty.
Various IEBC commissioners would be announcing results at intervals at the Bomas Of Kenya auditorium from early Wednesday.
“We have set teams here who will be coming to announce
results as they come to us from the ground,” the IEBC chairman Ahmed
Issack Hassan said.
The commission would be struggling to release all the results from all the 290 constituencies.
The Constitution however requires that all results
delivered by the Returning Officers are properly verified before they
can be officially declared.