Media Counts Differ With 11 Million Votes Collated: Kenya Update

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Kenyan media tallies of ballots from Tuesday’s presidential elections showed differing provisional counts, with the electoral authority yet to announce any official results.

The Nairobi-based Daily Nation newspaper put former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in the lead with 51.5% of the vote, compared with 47.9% for Deputy President William Ruto on Thursday morning. Rival outlet Citizen had Ruto ahead with 49.6% against 49% for Odinga. Both publications have collated more than 11 million votes. The turnout was estimated at about 65% of the 22.1 million registered voters.

Kenyan publications are using forms digitally submitted by polling stations to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to compile their tallies. The IEBC has said it won’t publish any results until it has verified the original forms.

The presidential candidates must secure more than half the valid votes cast and at least a quarter of the ballots in half of Kenya’s 47 counties to be declared the winner. If no candidate meets that threshold, a fresh election must be held within 30 days.

Source: Bloomberg