Azimio, UDA confident of win as nation awaits IEBC declaration

A spokesperson of Ruto's Kenya Kwanza camp said that as at midnight Wednesday, their tallies indicated a win by 54 per cent. The spokesperson also expressed confidence that the margin between Kenya Kwanza and Azimio could widen as more results came in.

With the country waiting for the IEBC to make the final decision on the results, Raila and Ruto were in their Nairobi homes, getting regular briefings about the vote tallying.

By 6pm Wednesday, the public portal set up by IEBC for Kenyans to view polling station level results was at 98 per cent indicating that the commission was on course to receive all forms.

At the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi, the venue for the final announcement of the presidential result, party agents kept a keen eye on the proceedings, following every briefing by IEBC.

The mood was a mix of anxiety and excitement in a long day that has already delivered many shocks and concession speeches.

Behind the scenes, Azimio and Kenya Kwanza parties spent a better part of Wednesday tallying their results, as misinformation campaigns were waged online regarding the slowly trickling results with each coalition seeking to go one over on their competitors.

Deputy President Ruto's campaign seemed to have abandoned their plan to release the polling centre results through Twitter. Ruto's digital strategist Dennis Itumbi, after initially posting polling centre results shortly after close of polls, stopped yesterday.

Economist David Ndii, part of the DP's campaign team, said yesterday that while Kenya Kwanza had their own tallying centre, they were keen to have the public volunteer to do it to hasten the process and ease anxiety.

Executive Director of the Azimio Secretariat Raphael Tuju. [Samson Wire, Standard]

For instance, out of 633 registered voters who were meant to cast their votes in Gitaru Primary School, only 424 showed up. Of these, 360 voted for Ruto while 63 voted for Raila.

The numbers from central Kenya may have disappointed the Ruto camp, but the turnout in this key battle zone was worse for Raila. Hoping that his appeal to a block that had traditionally shied away from voting for him would be swayed with the naming of Martha Karua as his running mate, the Raila camp went into the election somewhat hopeful that the Narc-Kenya leader would bring in some votes from the region.

The numbers from the IEBC portal show that Karua's entry into the Azimio fray did little to turn the once red voting zone from yellow to blue. In her polling station, Mugumo Primary School, Raila garnered a total of 528 votes while Ruto got some 911 votes.

Raila and Ruto though banked on a high voter turnout in their strongholds of Rift valley and Nyanza to propel them to State House. Now, all the candidates can do is hope the final results announced are in their favour.