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When IEBC Is Expected To Make The Big Announcement

Kenyans may have to wait longer than expected for the official results to be released from the close presidential race between Raila Odinga and William Ruto. An IEBC insider who is familiar with the current procedures has said as much.

An anonymous source told the Nation that after verifying and compiling the data, the big news could be released as early as Saturday.

The verification process is the most time-consuming, with each of the 290 returning officers spending an average of 40 minutes on the task.

An officer double-checking paperwork in the bombers' auditorium upon his return.

"We project that each returning officer will take 40 minutes to be processed by the end of Friday so that we break the big news on Saturday," the official said under cover of anonymity.

Currently, 99.78 percent of Form 34As have been submitted through the IEBC portal. In addition, the constituency returning officers have started showing up at the bomas in Kenya to begin the verification process.

The national tallying center in Bomas of Kenya has started receiving returning officers from the August 9 elections.

Returning officers will be airlifted to Nairobi from their home districts on election night to be closer to the central tallying center at the Bomas of Kenya.

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