Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Election Status Update from KTB

5th March, 2013,  16 30 hrs
Country Election Status Update 1 
from Kenya Tourist Board and Magical Kenya

1.   Introduction
Elections got underway on March 4th, 2013 as scheduled with enthusiastic voters going to the polling stations from as early as 3am. The elections have been peaceful with no major incidents reported across the country.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission indicates that there was impressive voter turnout in each of the polling stations across the country. Kenyans generally adhered to all the electoral laws, leading to an incident free election.

2.   Election Results
The election results are already trickling. Provisional results for the positions of President, Senator, Governor, Member of Parliament, Women’s Representative and Country Representatives, in accordance to the New Constitution, from more than 30% of the country have also been received.

Some candidates, who have lost, have already conceded defeat and called on their supporters to work with the winner in developing and executing the development agenda for their respective electoral areas.

The Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Mr. Ahmed Isaak Hassan at 11.37am (EAT) has addressed the country indicating that the Commission has already received provisional results from some of the 47 counties, even as they wait for Electoral Officials to report at the National Tallying Centre so that the results can be confirmed and formally released.

He’s appealed for patience from political parties, Kenyans and the media as they continue tallying the results and releasing them within the legally stipulated timelines.

A temporary hitch in the transmission of results from the polling stations experienced on Monday night was swiftly fixed, thereby leading to the resumption of the flawless release of results.

The local media has suspended normal programming to relay the results as they trickle in, to an audience of eager Kenyans, a majority of who are monitoring from their homes and offices.

3.   Security Update
With the exception of two isolated incidents in Mombasa and Garissa, on Sunday night, there has been no major security incident reported during the elections. The Inspector General of the Police and other government officials are issuing regular briefings on the status of security in the country.

The peace initiatives mooted by both the business sector (and supported by the Kenya Tourism Board) and non-governmental organisations have borne fruit leading to a peaceful atmosphere.

After closing yesterday to allow staff to vote, most businesses across the country have resumed operations today.

We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.



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