Raila-led alliance decries slow release of poll results

Written By Michael Maunda on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Cord election results 2013 KenyaCoalition for Reforms and Democracy has urged its backers to remain calm and wait for the announcement of the final election results.

The alliance’s presidential running mate, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, on Tuesday said it was premature for Jubilee coalition to claim victory because the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission had not announced the final tally.

He said Cord was optimistic of emerging victorious at the end of the day.
“We note with worry that there are those amongst our competitors who have not resisted the temptation to engage in premature celebrations that are neither based on data nor fact,” he said at a news conference in Nairobi.

Early results announced by IEBC indicated that Jubilee presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta was ahead of Cord flag-bearer Raila Odinga.
“It is important that we await the outcome of the remaining two thirds of the polling stations in order to make any conclusion,” said Mr Musyoka.

“Consequently, we appeal for calm and call on our supporters to relax because we are confident that after all the votes are in, Cord will carry the day. Results from our strongholds are yet to be made public and once they are, things will change dramatically. That’s basic statistics.”

However, the Vice-President raised concerns over IEBC’s delays in releasing the poll results, in areas even as close as Nairobi.

“We have raised the matter with the electoral commission and Safaricom, the service provider, who have explained to us their capacity to relay results from areas closer to the city like Kiambu is much faster than far flung areas like Garissa,” he said.

He reiterated that if they lose the election “fairly” they will concede defeat and asked their competitors to do the same.

He also expressed worries over the large number of votes that have been rejected in the results announced so far.

The electoral commission has pledged to investigate the issue. IEBC chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan said an audit would be carried out to find out why so many voters made mistakes during voting