Raila Odinga, William Ruto, George Wajackoyah, and other individuals have been given permission by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati to operate their rival tallying centers in August.
Following the commission’s workshop with editors on Saturday, Chebukati stated from Diani, Kwale County, that all presidential candidates, political parties, and media outlets who wish to tabulate their findings would be permitted.
Chebukati claims that this will primarily benefit the media in terms of reporting.
He did, however, impose a strict restriction, ordering that no one would be permitted to make the announcements or name the winners.
Chebukati said that the IEBC alone have the authority to declare the final results for every election seat.
“It is entirely up to any media outlet, political party, and presidential candidate to establish their own parallel tallying centers. They will compare their results to those from the national tallying center, but the IEBC will make the ultimate pronouncement and declaration, he said.
While stating that the IEBC will once more publish the final results, he still permitted the media to report on the results that had already been released by the Presiding Officer at the polling place and the Constituency Returning Officer.
He encouraged the media to uphold the integrity of polls and refrain from disseminating unconfirmed results.
The chair said, “Media is expected to ensure they protect the secret of the vote during the designated polling hours by avoiding publishing or disseminating any results, which they may have gotten from the unauthorized source, until the results are officially published by IEBC.