Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, KEPSA Chairman Patrick Obath warned that the continuous closure of most businesses in major cities across the country was not healthy for the economy.
He said it was also not good for people to stay idle as it would contribute to more anxiety and unnecessary tension.
“Seven days is what has been given by the constitution to IEBC (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) to release the results. But for us the cost is when people stay away from work and that is why we say this can be costly to Kenyans. What we are doing is urging people to go back to their work,” Obath said.
“The number of elective positions being contested has doubled whilst number of candidates seeking elective positions has grown exponentially to an average of 15,000 candidates. With the challenges admitted by IEBC, delays appear inevitable given the scale and volume at hand,” he added.
The KEPSA chairman called for patience to allow IEBC to do its work urging everyone to avoid making negative comments despite the challenges evidenced so far.
“IEBC remains within its legal mandate and timescales to deliver the final election results. It is way too early for anyone to speculate or celebrate based on the presidential results announced thus far by IEBC. It is delightful to note that all domestic and international observers have acknowledged the voting was credible,” Obath emphasised.
“Let us all join fellow Kenyans who are already back to work. The business of baking the national cake must continue for the benefit of all Kenyans.”
Since the voting exercise was completed on Monday, most businesses have remained closed, with most of traders not only having fear of chaos like in 2008 after the release of the results, but anxiety to know Kenya’s fourth president.