IN SHORT: A graphic claiming to be a joint media tally of the voting in Kenya's 2022 presidential election shows former prime minister Raila Odinga as the winner. This is false - official results placed Odinga second, while Kenya's media confirmed they did not jointly tally the vote.
It’s headed “Joint media tally” and claims that Odinga, who ran on the Azimio la Umoja coalition ticket, garnered 7,017,607 votes. The United Democratic Alliance’s Ruto got 6,597,395 votes. That would put Odinga in the lead with 51.54% of the vote.
The graphic includes the logos of the Kenyan TV stations Citizen TV, KTN News, NTV, K24 and TV47.
On 15 August, once counting was complete, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chair Wafula Chebukati declared Ruto president-elect with 7,176,141 (50.49%) votes, against Odinga’s 6,942,930 (48.85%) votes.
Real-time transmission of votes
To ensure transparency, the IEBC set up a public portal that allows anyone to see the results of the vote.
Kenyan media outlets created their own tallying centres and aired the results as they trickled in. But days after the election, those still counting showed different presidential results. In some Ruto took an early lead and in others, Odinga did.
Responding to this discrepancy, Chebukati said the TV stations ran their tallying centres independently, which meant different results were broadcast.
He said: “They are all getting the results from the same portal. Soon the figures will read the same … The original intention was that media houses would have a consortium report of the progress of election results from one source. However, media houses opted to do it independently.”
Mutuma Mathiu, editor in chief of the Nation Media Group – one of the country’s largest – confirmed in a 12 August article that there wasn’t a shared tallying system, for several reasons.
There was no joint tally that found Odinga in the lead, as claimed in the graphic.
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