How NASA delayed the announcement of Presidential results.
The National Super Alliance (NASA) led by its leader Raila Odinga held a two-hour meeting at the Bomas of Kenya on Friday afternoon.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was set to announce the Presidential results on Friday at 12.30 pm but not before the opposition dashed the hopes of early celebrations by the Jubilee brigade.
All was set for the major announcement with dignitaries, key government officials and other accredited people converging at the Bomas of Kenya.
The president’s chair, red carpet, his security and press team were at Bomas amid tight security before Deputy President William Ruto drove in at around midday.
But shortly after 1pm, Raila, his co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi drove to Bomas and headed straight into a closed-door meeting with the IEBC commissioners.
Ezra Chiloba, the IEBC CEO, was denied entry into the meeting as the opposition labelled him a Jubilee “poster boy.”
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NASA was also uncomfortable with the presence of US Ambassador Robert Godec’s at the meeting given that he and other western envoys lauded the polls for being free and fair whereas the opposition said it was massively rigged.
Sources who attended the two-hour meeting said Raila warned Chebukati to avoid rushing, take his time, and ensure the eventual results are accurate.
At a press conference yesterday, the NASA team demanded that the IEBC make public the information in its computer servers and promised to accept its verdict.
“We have given an offer to the commission and a challenge to the commission that in order to bring this matter to an end we should be given access to their servers – not just us, even Jubilee, religious leaders, the media, that we should look at their servers retaining the raw data coming from the field particularly,” Siaya Senator James Orengo said.
Uhuru was declared winner of the election after garnering 8,203,290 votes(54.27%) against Raila’s 6,762,224(44.74%).