NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 5 – The Independent, Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) now says that it will announce all the results of the 2013 General Election on Wednesday.
IEBC chairman Issack Hassan said the Returning Officers would be required to report to the national tallying centre at the Bomas of Kenya with all the results, for presidential, gubernatorial, senatorial, MPs, women representatives and county assembly representatives, which would then be announced by IEBC commissioners representing the various regions in the country.
This comes at a time when the IEBC has been witnessing serious delays in the electronic transmission of results with sources attributing them to system malfunctions.
“These provisional results were meant to show the country where the results were being declared from. We had aimed for a near 100 percent perfection but we have experienced challenges in the last day,” he said.
“The good thing is that Returning Officers will be coming to present the official results for presidential elections, which shall be read here,” he said.
He further explained that each of the IEBC commissioners would read the results of each of the constituencies according to the regions they supervise, as soon as they arrived at Bomas.
Earlier, reports had indicated that IEBC computer servers had crashed because of the high capacity of results being transmitted but Hassan refuted these reports.
He maintained that the IEBC had back up data and had resorted to announcing the results through the Returning Officers to speed up the process and allay voter anxiety that seemed to have gripped the country.
Hassan also said that the commission’s ICT experts were trying to resolve the delays together with technology experts from political parties.
“The commission is aware of these delays and that they are giving rise to different speculations and rumours that the server of the commission has crashed and I want to assure you that this is not true,” he maintained.
He admitted that the commission was aware that Kenyans were particularly interested in knowing who their president would be and that the growing concern over the delays was justified.
Hassan also blamed the delays on the large number of voters and the complexity of the results further arguing that the slow transmission of results was at fault.
As at 6:45pm, the commission had received results from about 13,475 stations, representing 42 percent of all the provisional results across the country.
“There was a big turnout at the polling stations and the delay could be caused by the large number of seats,” he explained.
He also assured Kenyans of credible results arguing that Returning Officers would announce the same results they would have transmitted electronically.
His assurance however didn’t go well with some Kenyans who felt that the decision to announce them manually created room for unfairness.
“The integrity of the results which were announced at those tallying centres are the same results which are going to come here, a part of which shall contain the president’s election and whose results will be read here,” he said.