Kenya’s electoral body, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that the results of country’s much-awaited presidential election will be known shortly.
Preparations for the declaration of the election which was conducted almost a week ago are underway at the national tallying centre in the country’s capital, Nairobi.
As at right now, Deputy President William Ruto has a narrow lead over ex-Prime Minister Raila Odinga in the latest count. Ruto leads the official tally at 51% against Mr Odinga’s 48%, according to local media. Verified results from 39 of the 290 constituencies are yet to be declared.
Supporters of both Odinga and Ruto, dressed in party colours and in celebratory mood, have gathered at various centres across the country to wait for the announcement.
Both leaders have urged Kenyans to be patient as they wait for the electoral body to announce the much-awaited results which will determine the country’s fifth president.
There have also been calls for peace from several leaders and bodies including the Catholic Church, which asked for “patience and civility” and urged the main candidates to show “restraint and statesmanship”.