Nairobi: Monday, March 04, 2013, 9.30pm
Counting of votes cast is going on in most polling centres after voting closed at 5pm as provisional results are being relayed live to various tallying centres.
Stations that opened late however remained open to compensate for time lost in the morning. As at 5pm, voter turnout was placed at over 70 percent. Long winding queues were witnessed in morning with some voters having been in the line as early as 5am.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was conducting the first general elections under the new constitution in 47 counties, 290 constituencies and 1450 county assembly wards. There were six elective positions namely the president, governor, senator, county woman representative; Member of Parliament and county assembly ward representative.
The Commission however had to postpone elections for representatives in five county assembly wards to Monday next week due a mix up of candidates’ details in the ballot papers. 12 other candidates for the position of county assembly representative were declared elected unopposed.
Addressing the gathering at the National Elections Centre in the Bomas of Kenya, IEBC Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan thanked Kenyans for exercising exemplary patience and urged them to remain calm as the results trickle in.
Provisional presidential results are currently being beamed on screens inside the Bomas of Kenya auditorium. “The Commission will announce confirmed results once the returning officers come with duly filled statutory forms,” Mr. Hassan said.
The Chairman sought to clarify that although the electronic voter identification did not pick up as expected, it doesn’t undermine the integrity of the elections. He also announced that IEBC technicians will provide a live feed for media houses to access provisional results at the same time they are received by the Commission.
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