IEBC on the final stretch ahead of final announcement

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IEBC has changed the date set for fresh polls, from 17th October to 26th October
IEBC has changed the date set for fresh polls, from 17th October to 26th October

Top government officials including Deputy President William Ruto, Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, Treasury CS Henry Rotich and Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohammed have arrived at Bomas of Kenya as they await the final announcement. The opposition leader Raila Odinga has also arrived with other NASA coalition leaders. Diplomats observing the electoral process at the Bomas of Kenya called for calm to allow the IEBC to complete the process of verifying results received from across the country before issuing a final announcement.

However, IEBC Chairman Chebukati said there were only 17 forms 34B yet to reach the National Tallying Centre from all 290 constituencies by noon time.

He further mentioned Kimilili constituency amongst those that were yet to submit their form 34Bs. Others included Nyali, Mvita, Lagdera, Wajir East, Mandera West, North Imenti, Mwingi North, Kitui East, Ndaragwa, Mathira, Turkana North, Kasipul, Ndhiwa, North Mugirango and Embakasi West,” Chebukati said

Chebukati affirmed that the Commission is keen on ensuring accurate summing of the election results even as he invited chief agents for a consultative meeting ahead of the declaration of formal results.

“We call upon Kenyans and all stakeholders to be patient with this exercise. We want to ensure that results are accurately collated and this may take a little bit of time. In the meantime, the Commission will retreat and consult with chief agents of political parties. We want to cooperate and finish this matter as soon as possible,” he said.