Church leaders to Kenyans amid delayed poll results

The Kenyan electorate went to the polls on August 9 to elect the President, Governors, Senators, MPs, Women Representatives and Members of County Councils (MCAs).

While most elective positions have been declared, Kenyan officials Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) are still tabulating and verifying presidential results at the Bomas of Kenya Cultural Center in Nairobi.

Compiled results showed Vice President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga neck and neck, according to local media reports.

On August 9, religious leaders in Kenya urged the IEBC to demonstrate “the highest possible levels of transparency, accountability and accuracy” in the vote counting process.

In their August 12 message, religious leaders in Kenya called on politicians to refrain from interfering with the IEBC vote counting process.

“It is imperative that we provide the Commission with the time and space necessary to fulfill its constitutional mandate to ensure that the results proclaimed accurately reflect the will of the people and are in accordance with the law” , they said during the press conference held at the Donum Dei, Roussel House in the Karen district of Nairobi.

Representatives of KCCB and NCCK members urged presidential candidates, their agents and all their supporters to “keep up the commitment to peace and encourage your supporters to be patient.”

“Do not speak or act in such a way as to incite your supporters to engage in violence,” they added.

Church leaders have also expressed concern over reported cases of fraudulent activity by a section of IEBC officials, saying those found guilty should be held individually accountable.

“We note that a number of presiding officers and returning officers have been arrested on suspicion of engaging in fraudulent activities,” church leaders said, and added, “Let every officer of the IEBC be warned that he will be held individually responsible for any electoral fraud he engages in.”

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