By SIMON NDONGA, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 8 – President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Wednesday commanding a strong lead with 8,123,948 votes against his long time rival veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga’s 6,726,462 votes votes.
The results were shown on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) web portal from 40,312 out of 40,883 polling stations in the country where Kenyans voted on August 8, in what pollsters projected as a too-close-to call race.
Odinga however, rejected the results, describing them as ‘fake and fictitious”.
“They’ve projected my opponent ahead consistently and that cannot be the case,” he told a news conference on Wednesday morning, “these are fake results.”
He said the results did not match the tally of his National Super Alliance (NASA).
“We have our results are they don’t match what IEBC is streaming on their portal,” he said, “These results are fake, it is a sham. They cannot be credible,” Odinga said.
His chief agent at the National Tallying Centre James Orengo said, “there’s is no way people cannot accept illegal results. They’ve not provided us with Form 34A for verification.”
The electoral commission however, said the forms were available for verification.
But Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju has said their NASA competitors are not being sincere by disputing results, because the process followed by IEBC to relay them is anchored in law.
“We know that NASA’a argument is that the announcement should be after the scanned form 34A should have reached Nairobi but they cannot eat their cake and have it,” Tuju said, “They are the ones that said that the announcement by the Presiding Officers and Returning officers at the polling stations and at the constituencies is final and the court ruled on that.”