IT issues leave Kenya presidential election results halfway pending
Dennis Mbuvi |
March 6, 2013
Issues with electronic vote results transmission have left Kenyans unclear of who is the winner of the presidential poll in more than 24 hours after close of official voting in the 2013 General Elections held Monday. Voting in stations that began voting past 6 AM was extended by the same margin of delay, while other stations also extended voting past 5 PM to accommodate those in the queue in accordance to Kenyan laws. By midnight Tuesday, only presidential results from about 10,000 polling stations of a total of about 33,400 stations had been received. The results remained largely unchanged through Tuesday leading to anxiety among Kenyans.
The 2013 General Elections are Kenya's first after disputed elections in 2007, which led to deaths of more than 1,000 Kenyans in about 2 months of bloodshed. Among the disputes in what was a close election, was the delayed transmission of vote results from the then Juja and Nithi constituencies and a dispute on exceptionally high voter turnouts in some areas. The handling of the elections saw the disbandment of the poll body then, the Electoral Commission of Kenya.