All eyes are now directed at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to name the 2022 presidential results.
This follows the voting exercise where more than 14 million Kenyans registered as voters to cast their votes.
As the tallying of the presidential votes near completion, Kenyans were expecting to have known who between Deputy President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga will be their next Head of State.
However, former Gatundu Member of Parliament Moses Kuria has urged Kenyans to hold their horses stating that they may know the presidential results by Tuesday next week.
In a statement posted on his Facebook account on Friday, August 12, Kuria, who is among the Kenya Kwanza Alliance gents at the Bomas of Kenya where presidential vote counting is currently underway told Kenyans not to expect presidential results anytime soon.
“My friends, do not expect any announcement before Tuesday, August 16, 10:00 am,” Kuria said in a Facebook post.
According to the Constitution of Kenya 2010, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati who is also the Returning Officer for the presidential candidates has seven days to declare the winner of the presidential election.
In relation to this, the electoral agency has until Thursday, August 16, to announce the winner of the presidential contest.
On Thursday, August 11, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati expressed optimism that he would announce the presidential results before the seven-day period provided by the law.
Chebukati said the commission had set out to finish vote counting, verification, and announcement of the presidential results before the end of the week after the closure of voting.
“Constitutionally, we have seven days to have announced the presidential election but we will endeavor to conclude this exercise as early as possible,” Chebukati said in a media briefing.
While urging other candidates who have lost to concede defeat, Chebukati further assured candidates that the results announced at polling stations would be final hence there will be no cases of vote rigging.