Odinga, Ruto neck to neck as vote counting continues

By Oleen Ndori

VOTE counting continues in Kenya after Tuesday’s polls with opposition leader Raila Odinga and Vice President William Ruto neck to neck.

While different tallying groups and media houses in Kenya have different figures, the constant is the close race between the two candidates.

“The IEC has not officially announced the presidential at all, what is happening is that media houses are displaying results for results they have tallied on their own tallying results. Now the source is purely data collected from the IEC portal, so it’s tallying from all the 45000 polling stations. However Kenya is calm there is no violence at all,” said Jared Ombui, a reporter for Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.

If none of the candidates attains the constitutional threshold of over 50 per cent votes and 25 per cent of majority counties needed, there will be a re-run at a specified date.

There are more than 22 million registered voters in Kenya.

A total of 16 105 candidates took part in the election and are vying for 1 879 elective positions including president, governors, senators, county women, members of the National Assembly, and members of county assemblies.