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Chebukati Says What Media Houses Allegedly Failed to Agree on Leading to Their Results Differing

Kenyans have been complaining about the election results differing from one media station to another since the tallying of votes begun.

The chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Mr Wafula Chebukati addressed this issue revealing that the media houses were to agree and get the results from the same source but they refused and opted to do the counting on their own.

Chebukati said that the media houses' decision is beyond the commission's control so Kenyans will have to be patient with what is happening.

"Media houses had access to polling stations, tallying centers and results portal to report the process progress of the elections results on time. The original intention was for various media houses to join hands and have a consortium through Kenya Media Sector Working Group to report on the progress of the Elections results in real time from one source.

However the media houses opted to do it independently which is a decision beyond the commission's control and we take note that as a result of that the tallies across the media houses vary. This is so because each media house is accessing the public portal of the results forms at different times and each is using it's own criteria and sequencing among other factors like amount of resources deployed. I just want to inform Kenyans that the final announcement with the declaration of the presidential results will be done by the national returning officer here at the Bomas of Kenya."

He said that he hopes at the end of tallying the results will be harmonized so that they are the same. That Kenyans should not panic because the results are coming from the same source.

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