- Title: Results for Kenya's election could be out on day of vote - Kerry
- Date: 7th August 2017
- Summary: NAIROBI, KENYA (AUGUST 7, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF VOTING MATERIALS AT POLLING STATION / INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION (IEBC) OFFICERS SORTING MATERIALS BALLOT BOX FOR PRESIDENTIAL VOTE VARIOUS OF SECURITY OFFICERS DEBRIEFING OUTSIDE POLLING STATION VARIOUS OF IEBC NATIONAL TALLYING CENTER / IEBC OFFICIALS SEATED ON PODIUM IEBC CHAIRMAN WAFULA CHEBUKATI (ON EXTREME RIGHT) WAITING TO SPEAK CAMERAMAN (SOUNDBITE) (English) IEBC CHAIRMAN, WAFULA CHEBUKATI SAYING: "We understand the concerns raised by Kenyans on the publication from the commission on the 11,155 polling stations which do not have 3G or 4G network. We wish to assure you all that we have taken steps to ensure that the results are electronically transmitted from all the polling stations through satellite transmission. We have provided satellite capability to all the 290 tallying centers from where presiding officers will take their results for transmission in any event." VARIOUS OF FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE AND CO-LEADER OF INTERNATIONAL OBSERVER MISSION FOR KENYA ELECTIONS, JOHN KERRY WITH OTHER CO-LEADER, FORMER SENEGALESE PRIME MINISTER, AMINATA TOURE AT PRESS BRIEFING SIGN READING CARTER CENTER (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE AND CO-LEADER OF INTERNATIONAL OBSERVER MISSION FOR KENYA ELECTIONS, JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "We would anticipate that with the polls closing at 5 o'clock and the time it takes to transition the poll from polling place to tallying place and then subsequently the counting, Kenyans could know the results of this and watch them in live transmission being reported into the center, the tallying center, the national center and then recorded very publicly and instantaneously and have a very good sense of the direction of this election, if not the outcome, by that night." JOURNALIST (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER SENEGALESE PRIME MINISTER, AMINATA TOURE AND CO-LEADER OF INTERNATIONAL OBSERVER MISSION FOR KENYA ELECTIONS, AMINATA TOURE, SAYING: "We hope that everybody will trust the system - electronic but as you know, behind electronics you have humans and you have nature and that everybody would understand that it is in the interests of everybody to solve the problems as they come and not to consider that it is the ying and the yang of all solutions. Technology is technology." JOURNALISTS LISTENING AT NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 21st August 2017 20:54
- Keywords: Election John Kerry Kenya Wafula Chebukati technology
- Location: NAIROBI, KENYA
- City: NAIROBI, KENYA
- Country: Kenya
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0016T5SHFR
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- Story Text: Kenya's electoral commission is deploying satellite phones to transmit poll results from the 11,155 polling stations that do not have high-speed mobile connectivity, the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, said on Monday (August 7).
He was speaking from the national tallying centre in Nairobi.
The opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) had expressed concern that the stations without 3G or 4G GSM network coverage could provide room for electoral malpractice.
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is heading an international observer mission with former Senegalese Prime Minister Aminata Toure, encouraged candidates to trust the technological election system, adding that it was possible results could be known as early as the night of the vote.
He did however, along with Toure, say that both sides should be able to "bear with" any technological inconveniences.
Kenyans go to the polls on Tuesday in a tense election pitting President Uhuru Kenyatta against long-time rival Raila Odinga.
Five thousand observers have been deployed to monitor the vote.
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