The Elections Observation Group (ELOG), a coalition of civic groups that deployed thousands of observers on Election Day in Kenya, has released our third press statement on the ongoing tallying process (see below). We reiterate that the opening and closing processes went well albeit with some challenges (i.e., some stations opened late and electronic pollbooks malfunctioned).
Other highlights of the statement include:
-Party agents requested a recount in the presidential election in only 2.8% of the polling streams.
-An ODM/WIPER party agent (representing the CORD Coalition) was present in 87.9% of all the polling streams. Where they were present, the ODM/WIPER agent signed the declaration of results for the presidential elections in 94.9% of these polling streams.
-Similarly, A TNA/URP party agent (representing the Jubilee Coalition) was present in 90.0% of all the polling streams. Where they were present, the TNA/URP agent signed the declaration of results for the presidential elections in 95.6% of these polling streams.
-ELOG notes that manual tallying process is recognised in the law and, consequently, IEBC’s abandoning of the electronic tallying process and resorting to manual tallying does not invalidate the credibility of the process.
-We urge the IEBC to be transparent during the manual tallying process.
-We urge politicians and the general public to remain calm and allow the IEBC to finish its work. "
Read the entire statement
Our primary findings on the conduct of the voting process and administration of polling streams on 4 March include the following:
Turnout was extremely high for the 4 March election. There were widespread reports on traditional and social media of extremely long lines at Kenyan polling stations and ELOG is able to validate these reports with data from statistically based election observation. Data from ELOG PVT observers indicated that by 4:00 PM on Monday, on average 68.5% of Kenyans registered to vote had voted.
In spite of high voter turnout, ELOG found that while many polling streams followed core standards for election administration (ex. voters’ fingers were marked with ink in almost all of the polling streams–99.9%), voting was prolonged past the close of polls in some polling stations. 6.9% of polling streams were still voting at 7:30 PM.
Voters that needed assistance when voting were also able to cast ballots, as ELOG data indicates that in 54% of polling streams, many voters (over 26 individuals) received assistance.
Kenyans across the country had the opportunity to cast their votes on 4 March and ELOG PVT observer, through its elaborate network of over 7,000 observers kept close vigil over the voting process and administration of the election in all the 290 constituencies.
ELOG collected significant findings on the process of voting, including:
-By 4:00 PM, 68.5% of all registered voters had voted for the presidential election.
-Although we noted in our earlier statement that in about 8.0% of the streams observed electronic poll books were either missing or malfunctioning as at 11.30 am, by 8.30pm 55.1% of the polling streams observed that electronic poll books failed to function properly.
-Voters’ fingers were marked with ink in almost all of the polling streams (99.9%).
-In 54% of polling streams many (i.e. 25+) people were assisted to vote. Out of these, in 9.3% of the polling streams, assisted voters were not allowed to have a person of their choice assisting them.
-In 99.4% of polling streams throughout the country, voters names were marked or crossed out once their details were confirmed in the voters register.
-In 99.5% polling streams ballot papers were stamped with the IEBC official stamp before being issued.
Read the entire statement
Main Findings include:
59.7% of the polling stations opened on time. The remaining stations opened between 7:00am with some opening after 8:00am.
In 95.6% of polling stations observed, the ballot boxes were shown to be empty before being sealed.
ELOG observers reported that majority of the polling stations 99.6% had security officers present.
Today’s General Elections are the first to be conducted within the framework of the
Constitution of Kenya, 2010. As such they are critical to the country’s journey towards truly
representative and democratic governance systems.