Raila, Ruto teams to set up parallel tallying centres

With only six days to the general election, the latest opinion poll by IPSOS shows that Raila is leading the presidential race ahead of Ruto.

for Tv47 Digital August 02, 2022, 12:36 PM
Raila, Ruto to set up parallel tallying centres
Azimio La Umoja One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga (left) and his Kenya Kwanza counterpart William Ruto during respective campaigns over the weekend.

In Summary

  • The latest opinion poll by IPSOS shows Raila is leading the presidential race at 47% popularity rating, William Ruto comes second at 41%.

  • Both Raila's and Ruto's team have confirmed that they will be setting up parallel tallying centres.

The camps of two leading presidential candidates -  Raila Odinga and William Ruto -  will set up parallel tallying centres in the forthcoming August 9, 2022 General Election.

Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Presidential Chief Agent Saitabao Ole Kanchory says the coalition will deploy agents in all the 46,229 polling stations across the country in a bid to help in the accurate tallying of presidential results.

"We have more than representatives, we have enough agents across the country. And we have a very robust management system that will ensure every polling station to the polling centre will be effectively manned and on the results transmission day, we have necessary tools to ensure that the results are tallied accurately. And I assure you that we will be the fist ones to call this election," Kanchory said during an interview with Citizen TV on Tuesday.

On her part, United Democratic Alliance Secretary General Veronica Maina said that every vote that will be casted in favour of Ruto will be accounted for.

"We have ensured that all the polling stations across the 47 counties will have our agents. And we assure all our voters that no vote which will be casted in favor of our presidential candidate will go to waste. It will be counted and tallied. We will have a very specific view that every vote casted in a station is the same declared by the presiding officer," Maina said.

Kanchory and Maina, however, clarified that the results they will be tallying will be those counted and announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) at the polling stations level.

"In Kenya Kwanza we have oriented our people to know that once an announcement is made by IEBC that becomes the final meaning that even if we had a difference of lets say five votes between our tally and IEBC's we will quickly guide our people to go by the vote of IEBC," Maina added.

IPSOS: Raila ahead of Ruto

Only six days are remaining before Kenyans go to the polls next Tuesday.

With each team on campaigns homestretch, the latest opinion poll by IPSOS shows that Raila is ahead of Ruto by a six percentage point.

The poll released on Tuesday morning says Raila enjoys 47% popularity among the voters against Ruto's 41%.  The poll sampled  6,105 households in 47 counties in a period of one week.

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