Nation Media Explains Delays in Updating Presidential Election Results

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    A collage of Azimio flagbearer Raila Odinga and UDA counter part William Ruto at the Kasarani and Nyayo stadia respectively on Saturday, August 6, 2022.
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  • Nation Media Group explained why it slowed down on updating presidential election results on their pages.

    In a statement dated Saturday, August 13, the media conglomerate stated that the delay was occasioned by the reorganisation of resources which were being used to count the votes uploaded on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) portal.

    NMG further detailed that slowing down allowed their team to validate the data.

    "The Nation Media Group continues to tally and publish election results," the Media Group, which owns Nation Africa, stated.

    Nation Media Group building located at Kimathi Street in Nairobi CBD
    Nation Media Group building located at Kimathi Street in Nairobi CBD
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    "However, updating of results slowed down due to a reorganisation of resources to tally Forms 34B released since yesterday, as well as to validate the data," they added.

    Tally updates from different media houses showed varying results for Kenya Kenya Presidential candidate William Ruto and his Azimio la Umoja counterpart, Raila Odinga.

    Each media house deployed its team to download and tally Form 34As from the IEBC portal and curate the data before beaming it on the screen. This explains the variation in numbers since media outlets do have a joint tallying centre.

    The process included creating several layers of verification to avoid cases of stray and inconsistent numbers.

    Each media house displayed different provisional presidential results owing to the processes involved.

    Addressing the different provisional results displayed by media houses, the IEBC chairperson maintained that the he would make the last call on who is the winner, as the Presidential Returning Officer.

    “They are all getting the results from the same portal. Soon the figures will read the same.

    “We hope media houses will end up with the same figures. The original intention was that media houses would have a consortium report of the progress of election results from one source. However, media houses opted to do it independently," Chebukati stated.

    IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati at the National Tallying Centre in Bomas of Kenya on Friday, August 12, 2022.
    IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati at the National Tallying Centre in Bomas of Kenya on Friday, August 12, 2022.
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