Uhuru holds steady lead on final day of tally

UHURU-FOR-PRESIDENTNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 8 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is on Friday expected to release the final tally of the March 4 presidential poll.

By Friday morning, the commission had done close to 70 percent of the tallying, in which Jubilee coalition presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta continued to lead against his closest challenger, Coalition for Reforms and Democracy’s (CORD) candidate, Raila Odinga.

Kenyatta has been in the lead from the start of the tallying with a steady 500,000 votes but at some stage during Thursday night’s tallying, Odinga managed to narrow the gap to about 250,000 votes.

But votes from Kenyatta’s strongholds helped him regain the lead polling 4,769,769 votes against Odinga’s 4,132,062 by 9am on Friday.

In an effort to meet their Friday target, the commission started off by releasing results of 30 constituencies, leaving them with only 90 constituencies to declare the official results by end of day.

The commission’s chairman Issack Hassan has however previously cautioned that the law gives them a deadline of up to Monday should they encounter challenges in the tallying of the results.

Hassan had initially said that the results would be relayed 48 hours after Monday’s vote but following several hitches, the commission has kept postponing the release. The IEBC is allowed by law up to seven days after the close of polling to announce the results.

By Thursday night, only 11 returning officers had not presented their presidential results from their constituencies with 280 already having done so.

  • Geoffrey Chege

    YES,WE’VE DECIDED.

    • bobcat

      Albeit tribalistic, we have failed all of us as Kenyans, we should be laughing at ourselves. I am ashamed to even associate with this/that country.

      • http://www.facebook.com/James.k.Flip2.w.ndegwa James Kamau Wanjama Ndegwa

        Then Please leave…ashamed of wht when people exercise their democratic right or when things dont go ur percieved way….If things dont go my way i brush it off and move on with life, cos life is to precious to be beholden to a grudge

        • Ken

          Obama got more votes in Ohio, Clinton got more votes in NY and so on…
          Its not just kenya, its how humans are. Sasa utahamia wapy?wtf

  • Mugiithi

    It seems only on 2002 did Kenyans vote tribelessly..This vote was pure ethnic alliances..we need to embrace political ideologies of democratic countries e.g Liberals, conservatives, etc..but I have a feeling that after we have experienced devolved government, our views will change as development to our ethnic cocoons will not be determined by the President but the team of County leaders that we elect locally..I believe 2018 will usher in a new form of leadership competition that is tribe neutral and will sweep away the remaining leaders of the old order..

  • http://twitter.com/mindila Mindila Robert

    Kudos to kidero, that is the way To go.

  • http://twitter.com/mindila Mindila Robert

    It is ethical to announce the results during day time please let’s wait until morning of Saturday, this is my appeal. To kenyans