The eagerly awaited results of Kenya’s presidential election last week are expected to be released soon, and this expectation is rising.

The national tallying centre is getting ready for the declaration as the desks utilized for the result verification procedure have been cleared. The findings must be made public by 16 August in accordance with Kenyan legislation.

Both Mr. Odinga and Mr. Ruto pleaded with tense Kenyans to exercise patience as they awaited the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) decisions on who would become the nation’s fifth president on Sunday.

There have also been pleas for peace from a number of authorities and organizations, including the Catholic Church, which urged the leading candidates to exhibit “control and statesmanship” and begged for “patience and decency.”

What’s Happening
According to local media, Mr. Ruto is ahead of Mr. Odinga in the official results with 51% to 48% respectively. 39 of the 290 constituencies still have unannounced verified results to be released.

Additionally, media outlets have been reporting preliminary results based on official information from the 46,000 voting places. They also depict a close race. A total of 14 million ballots were cast, or 65% of the electorate.

What you should know

  • Kenya went to the polls to elect a new president for the next five years/
  • The race is between Raila odinga and Deputy president William Ruto
  • This is Odinga’s fifth shot at the Presidency
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