Date:07 Mar 2013
Kenya: Kenyatta Maintains Lead as Opposition calls for recount
Vote count is still underway in the just ended Kenya elections and so far Uhuru Kenyatta Deputy Prime Minister is in the lead with 3,134,654 votes and is closely followed by Prime Minister Raila Odinga with 2,563,286 of valid ballots declared from 132 of the total 291 constituencies.
However, Kalonzo Musyoka, Odinga’s running mate and joint leader of the Coalition for Reform and Democracy(CORD) says his coalition wants ballots recounted.
“We have evidence that results we have been receiving have actually been doctored,” he told reporters today in the capital, Nairobi. “It is not a call to mass action. We are committed as a coalition to the principle of the rule of law.”
And adds that “the responsibility falls squarely with the IEBC and we are leaving our options open,”
In a press briefing, the head of the IEBC Commissioner, Issack Hassan, says CORD has not formally raised a complaint on vote tallying to him as the Returning Officer and that “We cannot stop tallying of votes, as this is a legal process and objections should follow due process”
“With the rigorous verification processes in place, there's no room to doctor the results whatsoever”
“Contrary to rumors, IEBC systems were not hacked. The results we are releasing are the true verified results" he assured
Election workers are now counting votes manually, after the electronic system broke down Wednesday. Officials say the final results could be released as early as Friday, but they legally have until Monday to finish the count.
Kenyans went to the polls on Monday 4 March to elect a president, 290 lawmakers, governors, women’s representatives and senators for 47 counties and 1,450 delegates for county assemblies.
If no presidential candidate gets more than half the national votes and 25 percent of ballots cast in 24 out of 47 counties, the top two will go to a runoff in April.
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