The counting of votes for the presidential election is still going on in Kenya. Almost half of the votes cast for the presidential election have been counted. The two most obvious candidates are very close.
Deputy President William Ruto is slightly ahead of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga with the preliminary results: 51% for Ruto and 48% for Odinga.
Electoral Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati admitted that the process of counting the votes in the election is going on slowly.
The verification of votes has been suspended several times after complaints from supporters of the most popular candidates.
Mr Odinga’s supporters have repeatedly disrupted the process of confirming the results, accusing some officials of the electoral commission of interfering with the vote.
Although there was tension last night when the head of the election campaign Odinga was able to give a speech at the place intended for the officers of the electoral commission, he criticized the way the process of verifying the votes of the President is going.
“I want to announce here that the Bomas vote counting center has become a crime center,” said Saitabao Ole Kanchory, before the microphone was turned off as he continued to speak.
Bomas – the cultural center in the capital of Nairobi, which is the main center for the counting of votes in Kenya’s elections, was deployed last night by anti-riot forces.
The leaders of the country and those of the religions called on the people to show patience and called on the most obvious candidates in the election to control themselves and protect their responsibilities.
141 of the votes cast in 292 parliamentary constituencies have now been officially confirmed.
The Kenyan media was initially counting the votes of the presidential election as the two candidates were very close.
Almost 14 million people voted in the Kenyan elections last Tuesday.
Kenya’s electoral commission has until next Tuesday to announce the winner of the presidential election.