March 08, 2013
Kenya's electoral commission now says it will announce the results on Saturday morning, after earlier saying it would issue a final tally on Friday.
“As we try and make sure we finish these results and declare the election, I want to ask you to remember that we have to moderate between accuracy and speed and human resource capacity - people getting fatigued," said Hassan.
Because of a breakdown in an electronic vote transmission center, officers from the country’s 291 constituencies have to report in person to Nairobi with the results.
Political parties are growing impatient with the process. On Thursday, Odinga’s CORD alliance called for the IEBC to halt the vote counting, citing irregularities including ballot doctoring and cases where the number of people who voted at a given polling station exceeded the number of registered voters.
The IEBC has denied reports of these problems. Hassan said the totals coming in and being broadcast live across the country are accurate.
“I want to assure everybody that the results you are seeing being released here are credible and they reflect the will of the people who voted in those constituencies," he said.
The Africa Center for Open Governance, a civil society organization, filed a petition against the IEBC Friday urging them to stop the vote count because of concerns about the integrity of the process. The case was later dismissed.