Nairobi. – An independent observer group has said the results of Kenya’s August 9 presidential election as announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), are in line with its own projections.
At a news conference yesterday morning in Nairobi, the capital, the Elections Observation Group (ELOG) said it received data from over 5 000 observers deployed across 290 constituencies in the country’s 47 counties.
“Of these, 1 000 Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) observers were carefully recruited, specially trained and deployed to a nationally representative random sample of polling stations,” Anne Ireri, the group’s chairperson said.
“ELOG’s PVT estimates are consistent with IEBC’s official results for the 2022 presidential elections,” she added.
“In light of our assessment of the Election Day processes and given that IEBC figures fall within the projected ranges, the PVT projections, therefore, corroborate the official results.”
The group’s projection gave William Ruto 50.7 percent to the IEBC’s 50.49 percent with a margin of error of +/-2.1 percent; for Raila Odinga, it was 48.7 percent for the IEBC’s 48.85 percent with a margin of error of +/-2.1 percent.
At the news conference, ELOG also said it noted improvements in the voting mechanism and transfer of results but that “administrative and external problems persisted such as postponement of some elections” in some areas. – Al Jazeera