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Kenya elections: returning officer goes missing in Nairobi

A voter casting her ballot earlier this week

A voter casting her ballot earlier this week

As vote-counting in Kenya’s general elections continues, a returning officer has gone missing while on duty, according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Daniel Musyoka, the returning officer for Embakasi East Constituency was last seen at his work station at the East African School of Aviation tallying centre on Thursday morning. According to the report by the IEBC, at around 9 am, his bodyguard escorted him from his house to the tally centre at the School of Aviation.

“At 9.45 am, Mr Musyoka excused himself from his desk to go and receive a call, and he did not return, nor has he been seen by his family," Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said in a statement. 

He said that Musyoka’s family and the commission have been trying to reach him without success and his duties are now being handled by the returning officer. He urged the relevant security authorities to speedily investigate the unfortunate incident. It is not the first time that an election official in Kenya goes missing at a critical time.

In 2017, Chris Msando, who was in charge of the computerized information system of the IEBC went missing and was found dead just over a week before the polls that current contestant Raila Odinga lost to outgoing president Uhuru Kenyatta. His body lay near another one of “an unidentified woman.” Investigations showed that Msando was tortured before being strangled.

“There’s no doubt that he was tortured and murdered,” Wafula Chebukati, the chair of the IEBC, told reporters outside the city mortuary in Nairobi back then.

Meanwhile, by 11.00 pm Saturday, the IEBC official results showed Raila Odinga leading with 2,826,080 (50.02%) votes against William Ruto with 2,787,872 (49.34%) George Wajackoyah with 23,513 (0.42%) David Waihiga 12,862 (0.23%) from results of 113 out of 291  constituencies.

These are the official results being released by the commission, while until Thursday evening, different tallying centres by media houses and private organisations were using form 34A (the polling station declaration forms) received at the IEBC, to make their tallies.

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0 #1 WADADA rogers 2022-08-14 19:26
However hard Raila tries, he is destined to go back to Bondo to look after his grand children. This is how things will work out:
1. Total votes cast in Kenya: 14,218,071.
2. Rejected votes: 87,778.
3. Total Valid Votes: 14,130,293.
4. Kenya had 291 Constituencies for the 2022 General elections
5. Percentage of Voter turn-out in Kenya: 64.3%
The above therefore means:
1. William Ruto: 7,158,337 which is 50.48%
2. Raila Odinga: 6,923,259 which is 48.82%
3. George Wajakoyah: 59,461 which is 0.42%
4. Waihiga David Mwaure: 31.278 which is 0.22

The Constitution of the Republic of Kenya directs the IEBC to declare results within 7 days after the completion of the voting.

That means the IEBC has up to Wednesday to declare the results.I know Ruto won by a small margin but my only fear is failing to secure the mandate of about 24 counties out of the 47. To me that is the only reason why there could be a re run.
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+1 #2 Akot 2022-08-14 20:07
Any one causing trouble in Kenya, after this election, must be considered a terrorist & arrested!

Thank you Kenyans, for being patient waiting for the result & don't forget to thank U. Kenyatta for giving chance to peaceful election by not being candidate, but just give chance to a beginning to a different Kenya, in peace, respect, hope for a better tomorrow!
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+1 #3 WADADA rogers 2022-08-14 21:02
Dont worry about the returning officer, they will come back when the storm is over.

Am sure he has been kept away because was a conduit of one of the candidates. if not, he is accounting for the money taken for no work done, may be in hiding.
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+1 #4 WADADA rogers 2022-08-14 21:05
human beings are difficult to trust, all signs show Uhuru has been playing games to make Raila think they have buried the hatchet. The swearing in ceremony of Ruto will expose the comedy behind the curtains
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0 #5 kabayekka 2022-08-15 13:32
It is clear that there is no clear winner as it was in the previous national election.

A deal must be sorted out so that the majority of 50 percent can respect the minority of 49 percent. Africa is fed up with practising tyrants that enjoy winning big power through dodgy African democracy!
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