Ruto monitors results from his residence before making next move

Deputy President William Ruto and Mombasa gubernatorial candidate Hassan Omar [Hassan Omar, Twitter]

Deputy President William Ruto returned to Nairobi after casting his vote at Kosachei Primary School in Uasin Gishu county on Tuesday and has been monitoring the election results from his residence as he awaits the final outcome.

Ruto is said to have taken a rest after grueling campaigns and his aides revealed that he had no plans of visiting the William Ruto Communication Centre at the Catholic University of East Africa, where Kenya Kwanza Alliance was expected to coordinate agents from across the country and tally presidential votes.

“As you are aware the Deputy President has been having a tight campaign schedule for the last few months leading to the General Election date, he has been resting as he monitors what is happening across the country before the official results are declared,” said an aide.

Since the conclusion of voting nothing much has been happening at the communication centre that was expected to be the nerve centre of results tabulation with only senior politicians seen walking in and out in the last three days it has been operational.

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang, Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Shollei, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, Tharaka Nithi Woman Rep Beatrice Nkatha, Narok Woman Rep Soipan Tuya, Nominated MP Wilson Sossion and UDA Secretary General Veronica Maina are some of the leaders who have been at the centre.

A senior official working in Ruto’s office told The Standard that the centre was supposed to be used for tallying presidential votes from across the country before they compare with the final outcome to be released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) any moment from now.

“Our side has already tabulated the results for the presidential race but we are waiting to see what the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission comes up with so that we can compare with what we have before we make any move,” said the official.

Access to the tallying centre was tightly controlled with only those with special accreditation allowed in after scrutiny by security officers at the gate leading to the university premises.