Confusion is starting to develop as a result of the IEBC's protracted delay in releasing the official, confirmed results of the presidential election on August 9. Regarding the status of the vote count, there have been conflicting reports.
William Ruto is in the lead according to the most recent, confirmed Form 34 Bs from the IEBC. In its nearly complete total of Form 34As, Reuters says that Ruto is ahead of Raila with 52% of the vote.
Ruto received 50.36 percent of the vote, compared to Raila's 48.88 percent, according to a Radio Africa count of all Form 34Bs (provisional and still awaiting full verification by the IEBC).
Ruto received 7,152,655 votes, while Raila received 6,942,708 votes, with 18 constituencies still to be decided (excluding votes from the diaspora and votes cast in prisons). This represents a difference of 209,947 votes.
The vote total, which combines the Form 34Bs aggregated to the 291 constituencies and to the provisional national count, is accessible at https://elections.thestar.ke. With 34, 815 ballots still uncounted from the remaining 49 voting places, Radio Africa is updating the final result. However, since the IEBC has not yet confirmed and formally released all the Form 34Bs, care should be taken when interpreting the data.
In a press announcement on Saturday, Raila Odinga, the Azimio presidential candidate, and Royal Media Services, the owners of Citizen TV, called the election for August 9. According to a press release issued on Saturday, William Ruto received 48.22% of the vote, while Raila Amolo Odinga received 51.13 percent. S. K. Macharia for Royal Media Services and Gideon Moi for Standard Group both signed the news release.
However, none of the two media outlets has made public a complete count of the results by polling place.
The Form 34As from more than 46,229 polling places in the 291 seats are still being verified by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. By Sunday morning, it had made public the validated Form 34Bs (consolidated from Form 34As) from 135 of 291 constituencies, showing that William Ruto had 3,511,573 votes, or 51.3 percent of the total verified votes, to Raila Odinga's 3,284,316 votes, or 48.0 percent of the total verified votes.
All Form 34As and Form 34Bs are accessible on the IEBC's portal.
According to the compiled Form 34Bs, Ruto is leading the vote, as reported by the international news agency Reuters.
In surveys conducted immediately before the election, Raila Odinga was predicted to win with an 8 percent, 7 percent, and 6 percent advantage by TIFA, Infotrak, and IPSOS, respectively, while William Ruto was predicted to win with a 1 percent lead by Radio Africa.
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