Counting begins after Kenya vote

August 4, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 4 – Counting is underway after the end of the referendum vote.

Voting closed at 5pm in all but a few polling stations that experienced delays.

The Interim Independent Electoral Commission said no voter would be turned away as long as he was in the queue when the exercise closed.

In certain places, queues which had began thinning out suddenly increased as deadline approached.

"Stations will close at 5pm, but those people who will be in the stations at that time will be accommodated until they have finished voting. We expect counting to start around 6pm," said IIEC chief electoral officer James Oswago said earlier.

Oswago, said the transmission of results started thereafter, with provisional results being relayed every one hour from the National Tallying Center, at Bomas of Kenya.

"We shall be transmitting results from the national tallying centre from around 7pm. We have drawn up a schedule of results so very hour there will be an announcement of the results as they come in," said Oswago.

During IIEC\’s regular briefing, the commission expressed satisfaction with the way the process has gone, despite the few hitches that were witnessed, and which it said were bound to happen.

Meanwhile, Nyanza province has reported a peaceful referendum exercise.

IIEC regional coordinating officer George Oyugi says voter turnout was impressive.

"Nyanza is doing very well. People started turning up to vote at 5 am to queue and we wished that we started at that time but the law says we start at six," said George Oyugi.

"We had very long queues and there were no security problems as Kenyans turned out in large numbers to vote," said Oyugi.


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