Election Kenya - The 'long' wait for a new President in Kenya was extended to Friday amid growing anxiety amongst the populace, most of whom have kept off the streets and businesses since casting their votes.
PANA reports that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) stopped the live relay of the provisional results which had covered about 43% of the over 10 million votes cast in the election Monday.
Earlier, a system failure was declared after results remained on the system for several hours, raising public fears, but the electoral body remained upbeat on the credibility and integrity of the results.
Apart from other problems that characterized the election, the electronic voter register, bought at Ksh7 billion, also failed on election day.
Issack Hassan, the IEBC chairman, said live screens would start rolling again later on Wednesday night after more than 24 hours of system failure.
'The fact that we abandoned the electronic voter transmission does not mean the integrity of the results were compromised,' Hassan said.
The electoral body said it had 10 chartered aircraft to ferry poll officers from across 290 constituencies in the country to deliver the results manually to Nairobi for verification before they are declared.
So far, poll chiefs heading elections in 140 out of 290 constituencies had been airlifted to Nairobi for the results.
But of the 53 constituencies delivered earlier Wednesday, only 14 constituencies were tabulated and declared by press time.
As soon as the poll chief spoke and some IEBC officials started declaring the results, presidential poll agents shouted at the Commissioners, saying they were declaring results not verified.
The IEBC said it had earlier set up a high-level team, made up of its top officials, to verify the results and validate them before declaring them.
Hassan said at the current pace of vote tabulation and verification, the process was likely to drag up to Monday next week, almost a week after the poll date. The authority is allowed up to six days to declare results.
Hassan is shifting blame, first from the high number of voters to the failure of the electronic systems and now to the high number of officials being elected at the current election.
The elections were also bogged down by an unusually high number of void votes which could rise to about 10% of all the 10 million votes cast.
At the close of the electronic vote transmission, Kenyatta maintained the lead with 2.8 million votes against Odinga's 2.2 million votes.
However, a fresh tally of several constituencies put Raila Odinga ahead at 308,172, which was 68% of the final votes, against Uhuru Kenyatta's 137,835 votes, or just 30% of the votes.
Odinga's Coalition partners said his current low vote showing was due to the delay in the tabulation of results from his strongholds as opposed to Kenyatta's support base, which he said had declared nearly 40%.