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Temperatures High After Kenyans Woke Up To Details Of What Raila And DP Ruto Are Planning To Do

by Paul Nyongesa
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Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party presidential candidate Raila Odinga and those of his main challenger, Deputy President  William Ruto, Sunday revealed details of robust parallel tallying systems they will deploy in the August 9 elections.

This comes a day after IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati said the move is aimed at strengthening the participation of all players, including the media, in electoral matters specifically on results management.

“The media houses, political parties and candidates are free to have their own parallel tally. We can all work together and have one of the peaceful elections in the country,” Chebukati said.

The IEBC Chairperson who doubles up as the Returning Officer for the presidential election however warned political stakeholders against declaring anyone a winner saying that is his constitutional duty.

The promise by IEBC to allow access to election declaration forms in polling stations and constituency tallying centres—as well as plans by the parties to set up agents in each of the 46,232 polling stations—means a massive parallel tallying could take place on August 9, with the commission only being awaited to declare the official results.

on Sunday, Mr Odinga’s agents told a local daily that the Azimio team had intended to tally its own results whether IEBC had allowed it or not.

“We are currently working on a robust system that will ensure that we have real-time results and it will be transmitted in all our portals as well as social media handles,” Mr Odinga’s chief presidential agent Saitabao Ole Kanchory said.

The Azimio team wants to also rely on the agents of other candidates in the other five elective seats up for grabs in the August poll. Mr Kanchory said they will be using 300,000 agents to relay results from all the polling stations.

DP Ruto, Mr Odinga, Prof George Wajackoyah (Roots Party) and Mr David Mwaure Waihiga (Agano party) will on Wednesday meet IEBC to discuss the results transmission system.

Mr Mwangi said one of the issues they will want IEBC to address is the result streaming system, which collapsed in 2017.

“Last time when we fought for election laws, we were fighting so that information was provided at the same time. They had to give a public portal — those are the concerns that we want IEBC to address. The public portal should be working because it will give us all the information we need when we need it for us to do our own tally. Parties have agents and we tally with the information given by the agents. The system for streaming results collapsed last time,” Mr Mwangi explained.

For the Ruto camp, theirs will be an escalation of a parallel tallying system that the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has adopted in recent by-elections.

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