The Independent electoral and boundaries commission chaired by Wafula Chebukati has issued a press conference regarding the difference in results in Kenya TV stations.
An issue that concerned Kenyans yesterday, raised worries as the TV stations aired 2022 general election results differently.
In his statement , Chebukati said,
”The tallies across the media houses vary, and we appreciate that this may be so because each media house is accessing the public portal of the results forms at different times and each is using its own criteria and sequencing among other factors, including perhaps different amounts of resources deployed.”
Mr. Wafula Chebulati further affirmed that the final results will be the same when all the tallying is done.
He said, “The final announcement and declaration of the results will be done by the National Returning Officer here at Bomas. At the end of the tallying ,they will be harmonized and will look similar because the results are from the same source. There should be no panic about the difference we are seeing on the media screens.”
The IEBC chairman further assured that , the media houses have permission from the independent electoral and boundaries commission to air the results as they are trickling in.
The decision for the media houses to air the results differently was something that the commission could not control.
He stated, “ In the spirit of transparency, the commission gave media access to polling stations, tallying centres and the results portal to report the progress of the elections results in real-time from one source.”
“The media houses opted to do it independently, which was a decision beyond the commission’s control.”
According to netizens, media houses were airing elections according to their preferred candidate .
The independent electoral and boundaries commission has assured kenyans to remain vigilant and calm , official results will be announced by the commission.