Claim on voter turnout for Kenya election misleading


Online supporters of Kenya’s former prime minister Raila Odinga have been incorrectly questioning results of the presidential election announced on Monday saying total votes were lower than the official turnout.

William Ruto was declared the winner, but Mr Odinga has challenged the outcome.

The main argument by Odinga supporters is that the national electoral commission chair, Wafula Chebukati, had announced the turnout was 65.4%, according to the electronic voter identification kits.

They then calculate backwards using the total number of registered voters, to say 14.4m voters must have cast their ballots on Tuesday last week.

The total number of valid votes, according to the final announcement, was 14.2m and when you add the rejected votes, you would get 14.3 million ballots having been cast.

“Before even we add those who voted manually, you are short 140,028 votes. Where are these votes + [plus] manual register voters?” asks one of the supporters on Twitter.

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It is true that Mr Chebukati did mention a voter turnout of 65.4% during a media briefing on Wednesday last week but he did correct himself soon after saying the turnout was 64.6%.

“Of course this figure will go up once we get the data of those who voted manually,” he said.

The results announced on Monday this week show the voter turnout was eventually 64.8%.


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