Stringent vote verification process put in place by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), will delay official declaration of results for different elective positions in Nyali and other constituencies.
At Nyali tallying centre, the Returning Officer John Ole Taiswa told Kenya News Agency that his is yet to verify 162 forms 34As for the presidential election results from the 195 polling stations.
“We have verified 31 forms and the remaining 162 forms are on the queue with presiding officers,” added Ole Taiswa at 10am.
Ole Taiswa added that he is mandated to verify scanned copies of the forms uploaded by the presiding officers onto the system with actual physical copies brought to the polling station.
“In the presidential elections, the first step involves presiding officers confirming results with agents, number of votes cast in favour of each candidate. The Presiding Officers scan forms 34A and upload into the system,” he added.
He will then announce votes cast in favour of each of presidential in the constituency tallying centre.
This is after confirming and posting presidential election results from each of polling station on the IEBC portal which will also be reflected on the national tallying centre in Nairobi.
Constituency Returning Officers tally and collate results from form 34A to generate form 34B which contains the total results for the presidential election results from constituencies.
“Once we generate form 34B, we take it to the national tallying centre with the 195 forms 34As to the national tallying center in Nairobi,” added Ole Taiswa.
The Nyali Constituency Returning Officer is expected to make official declaration of elections results for the member of national assembly position.
He said he has started verifying forms 35As from the 195 polling stations.
He will use the form to generate form 35B containing the total number of votes in favour of each MP candidate, use it to declare the results and issue certificate to the winner via form 35C.
Incumbent Mohamed Ali of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has taken a lead with Said Abdallah of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) following based on results on form 35As from some of the polling stations declared at the constituency tallying centre.
However, the final official results will be declared once the returning officer ends tallying exercise.
Other candidates who vied for Nyali MP seat include Millicent Atieno Odhiambo (Wiper), Yasir Noor Mohamed (Jubilee), Japheth Marine Otieno (Independent) Eric Gitonga Stanley (Independent), Edward Mark Osewe ( Pamoja Africa Alliance), Ferdinand Katana( Kadu Asili) and Joshua Otieno Ndere( Independent).
The Returning Officer will also declare winners of MCAs elections in Mkomani, Freetown, Kongowea, Kadzandani and Ziwa la Ng’ombe wards that have attracted 76 candidates.
Ole Taiswa urged candidates and the supporters for the MP and MCAs positions to remain calm until the process is completed.
“We will do this process until it’s logical conclusion and we are not sure when we will complete,” he added.
By Galgalo Bocha