March 7, 2013

KENYA DECIDES: Kenyatta Maintains Lead In Official Results

Uhuru Kenyatta is still leading in the tight Presidential poll
Uhuru Kenyatta is still leading in the tight Presidential poll

Jubilee Alliance leader Uhuru Kenyatta is holding a significant lead in the elections after Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) adopted the manual system and abandoned the electronic vote transmission.

IEBC has been tallying the results from the various constituencies manually after receiving form 36, an official tally sheet containing the results. The electronic system developed technical difficulties Wednesday, delaying the results being relayed.

By 4.00am the tally shows Kenyatta with 1,716,206 against his closest rival Raila Odinga of CORD coalition at 1,132,272.

65 out of the 291 constituencies, including the Diaspora vote, had reported back to the main tally center at Bomas of Kenya. The outcome from these constituencies is now final and not provisional as relayed by the electronic system earlier.

The alliance with William Ruto seems to be paying off for Kenyatta as the jubilee alliance continues to lead in Kalenjin strongholds.

Political analysts appearing in local media have commended Ruto for delivering more than expected votes to Jubilee. Areas that overwhelmingly voted for Odinga in 2007 have now voted in Kenyatta’s favour. Areas such as Sotik, Kipkelion East, Kuresoi South, Bureti formerly voted for Raila in 2007,  but  in 2013, Raila is performing poorly in the same areas.

Odinga on the other hand is performing well in Siaya, Muhoroni, wundanyi, and Kisumu his home turf. For instance in Ugenya raila has garnered 35,030 against Uhuru’s 97 votes. In Suba Raila has 30,292 against Uhuru’s 85 votes.

Vote tallying is still underway throughout since the historic Monday vote. 14.3 million people had registered for the elections with an estimated 70% voter turnout.

In the event none of the leading candidates meets the constitutional 50 plus one threshold,a run off is eminent.

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