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Why Kenyans must wait before results are announced

22.1 million Kenyan voters are expected to head to their voting stations to choose who their leaders for the next five years will be. However, Kenyans will have to wait nearly a week to find out who will be the winner of this highly anticipated election due to the strict legal regime of the tallying process. We break down the process and voting technicalities.

The law allows the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) up to seven days from the date of elections to tally the presidential elections results, announce and declare the outcome. This means the latest the commission can do so will be 15 August, “but I think by 13 August we should have something before the seven days elapse”, says Irene Masit, an IEBC Commissioner.

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