Inside UDA's Tallying Centre & Vote Counting Exercise

  • Digital Strategist Dennis Itumbi at the UDA presidential tallying centre on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.
    Digital Strategist Dennis Itumbi at the UDA presidential tallying centre on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.
  • The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party has given a sneak peek of its parallel tallying centre located at the Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA).

    Digital Strategist, Dennis Itumbi, took Kenyans through the tallying process, showing how the party was receiving, curating and harmonising its results before the final tabulation that will be followed by a public announcement.

    Itumbi - in his live video broadcast on social media network, Facebook - stated that they had been monitoring the presidential polls from the time polling stations opened.

    UDA presidential tallying center as seen on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.
    UDA presidential tallying centre as seen on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.

    At the centre, UDA has access to the results as being received by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), and is using the uploaded Form 34As and 34Bs from each polling station to carry out its tally.

    UDA had initially insinuated that it had tallied the full results and was transferring the data to an excel sheet for final tabulation before releasing them to the public.

    Itumbi stated that so far, UDA had an idea of what the final results would look like.

    At the UDA Tallying Centre, the counting clerks compare what the IEBC is receiving from the polling stations with what its agents have sent to the centre.

    From the UDA portal, Itumbi stated that the party was comparing the data from its agents and the IEBC to ensure that there were no discrepancies.

    The results the party is keen on scrutinising are those from its strongholds as well as those from areas considered battlegrounds or swing votes.

    Itumbi stated that UDA had enough information on its opponents and the voting process so far.

    He noted that they will flag any data that will be manipulated even from the opponents' strongholds.

    Notably, UDA also has a second layer of verification at the Hustler Plaza where 450 young people are working.

    Itumbi stated that the Tallying Centre calls the Hustler Plaza to compare the results and ensure that they tally with what has been received from the constituency level.

    He explained that the party has a printout of all forms from all polling stations across the country.

    Itumbi maintained that he was not peddling fake news by posting UDA's results on social media despite calls by the IEBC Chairman, Wafula Chebukati, challenging political parties to refrain from declaring a winner until the Commission does so.

    Digital Strategist Dennis Itumbi
    Digital Strategist Dennis Itumbi