Results of the presidential election taking place in Kenya today are expected to be announced within 48 hours in the absence of any delay, chairman of the country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Hassan Isaak has said.
Speaking to newsmen in Nairobi, Mr Isaak said the law originally gives the commission a maximum of seven days to declare the results but it has no intention to delay the declaration. “Within 48 hours, we will be able to see the clear leads through provisional results transmission relayed real time from the national tallying center.
Official results will be announced after receipt and verification at the tallying centre in Bomas,” he said. He said priority would be given to the presidential election result where a winner must emerge by securing 50 plus one percent of the votes, failure of which would result in a second round run-off between the first two candidates.
Also, the police yesterday assured of adequate protection of voters during the election. Reacting to reports that certain individuals were planning to illegally wear police uniforms in certain cities during the elections, Inspector General David Kisimaiyo warned that anyone found attempting to disrupt the peaceful process of the election would be severely dealt with.
Meanwhile, the African Union has assured Kenyans that it would respect their choice in today’s election. The AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Dlamini-Zuma, said this when she met President Mwai Kibaki at State House, Nairobi.