Kenya to announce results from today

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Nairobi - Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will start announcing the official results of the 2013 General Election from today, says the commission’s chairman, Issack Hassan.

Briefing the media on Tuesday night, he said returning officers would be required to report to the National Counting Centre at the Bomas of Kenya complex with all the results -- for president, country governors, senate, Parliament, women's representatives and county assembly representatives -- which would then be announced by the IEBC.

Hassan said since there were claims of a server crash at the tallying centre, the IEBC would resort to manual tallying because of the challenges it was experiencing in the electronic transmission of the results.

So far, provisional results for the presidential race from 13 000 polling stations across the country have been transmitted.

There has been outrage over the high number of spoilt ballots. With 50 percent of the presidential results in, 284 232 votes have been rejected. The IEBC has blamed the complexity of the election for the high number of spoilt ballots.

Early results show that Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta - who is due to face trial at the International Criminal Court next month - is in the lead.

The trial stems from the widespread bloodshed following the disputed 2007 election, when ethnic and political violence killed more than 1 000 people amid claims that the polls had been rigged.

However, if no one wins more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be a run-off on 11 April. -