Kenyan Electoral Body Agrees to Parties Tallying Ballots

Kenya’s electoral agency says opposition parties can conduct their own tally of ballots during elections in August, backtracking on an earlier warning against such a move.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said while it has the sole mandate to announce results, political parties and media “may monitor, tally and verify the results for their own internal use,” according to a statement posted on its Twitter account.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga had said the opposition National Super Alliance, or Nasa, would conduct its own vote count and compare the figures with those from electoral commission. Odinga disputed the outcome of Kenya’s past two elections, alleging vote rigging, charges denied by the ruling Jubilee Party. 

His opposition alliance also groups former vice presidents Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi, and ex-foreign minister Moses Wetangula. A Nasa technical committee has recommended that Odinga be presidential candidate and Musyoka a running mate to challenge President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second five-year term in the Aug. 8 elections.

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