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Fresh Details Emerge About Why Citizen TV, NTV & KTN Stopped Broadcasting Presidential Results

In July of 2021, Radio Africa began polling in preparation for the August 9 election. Radio Africa polls showed that during that time, Raila Odinga caught up to and briefly surpassed former Deputy President William Ruto.

More excitement followed the election when broadcasters were ordered to halt live-tallying the results. It was a close contest between Ruto and Raila, as the Form 34As and Form 34Bs sent to the IEBC portal showed the lead changing hands multiple times.

According to reports, on the afternoon of August 10, government officials called Citizen TV, owned by SK Macharia, NTV, and KTN, and urged them to stop publicly revealing their vote allies. Afterward, Kenyan media stopped reporting on the vote count, though international outlets including the BBC and Reuters said Ruto had a slight advantage based on IEBC totals.

Out of a possible 46,232 polling locations, results from 46,136 were posted on the Star website early on the morning of Sunday, August 14. Radio Africa's calculation put Ruto ahead of the pack with 50.5% of the vote with fewer than 100 Form 34As still needing to be verified and uploaded.


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