The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) now says it hopes to finish verifying the much-anticipated presidential election results by Saturday morning.
This is according IEBC Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera, who now says Returning Officers of all the 290 constituencies have since arrived at the Bomas of Kenya which is serving as the commission’s national tallying center.
Ms. Cherera, speaking in an address at Bomas on Friday night, however noted that the agents overseeing the process are not even halfway done with the verification yet, hence urging them to fasten their efforts.
“We’re here 24 hours, and we’re not leaving this place until we clear the Returning Officers. Already, we have 290 constituency Returning Officers that have reported at Bomas, but so far we have not even cleared a half of them,” she said.
“So, as a commission, we urge that the people on the table to hasten all the activities that they’re doing so that all of them can be cleared by tomorrow morning.”
Ms. Cherera further sought to reassure Kenyans that, despite the commission being allotted 7 days after election day by the Constitution to announce the results, it will not take that long to do so.
“We still have a long way to go. Remember, we have 290 constituencies, and in addition we have one diaspora…and we’re still very far. As a commission, we have 7 days to finish this process, but we want to assure Kenyans that we will not take all the 7 days. We will announce the results before the seventh day, so we urge the people in the inner circle to be diligent but very fast,” noted the IEBC Vice Chair.