Revealed: Why Media Houses Have Different Presidential Results

Revealed: Why Media Houses Have Different Presidential Results
Revealed: Why Media Houses Have Different Presidential Results

Media houses in Kenya have been displaying different provisional presidential results since the counting of votes started on Tuesday night, August 9, following the closure of polling stations.

With a day into the counting of the votes, the staggering figures on screens and website from different media houses indicate that less than 5 million votes have so far been tallied so far, out of the 14.2 million votes that were cast on Tuesday.

Royal Media Services (RMS)-owned Citizen TV, at the time of publishing this article, showed Azimio La Umoja flag bearer, Raila Odinga, leading with 2.4 million votes, closely followed by his main competitor Deputy President, William Ruto, who had 2.1 million votes.

Each media house has been picking From 34As from the IEBC portal and curating the data before projecting it on the screen. In this case, some media houses are fast than others owing to the number of tallying clerks.

Other media houses have several layers of verification to avoid cases of stray or inconsistent numbers.

Before signing off the screen after long-hours of analysis and coverage of the electoral process, seasoned journalist Yvonne Okwara, in what appeared to suggest Citizen TV was ahead of other media houses, stated that punctuality and acute data analysis is what made their figures appear different from other media outlets.

“The figures you see on the screen will keep going up, some media houses are faster than others, some are efficient” Okwara stated.

Her sentiments were echoed by her colleague, Trevor Ombija, who said the station was well equipped to present figures more efficiently and accurately.

“Some people have more data analysts and have state of the art equipment,” Ombija noted.

On the other hand, Nation Media Group owned-NTV’s journalist, Daniel Mwangi, said the figures are based on the Form 34As they have been picking randomly from all constituencies.

“It depends on random Form 34As being used, but we can’t declare that these are the final results,” Mwangi stated.

The slow-paced figures were noted by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman, Wafula Chebuka, during a presser on Wednesday, August 10, when he challenged media houses to move faster.

According to Chebukati, members of fourth estate should have tallied 97 per cent of the votes cast since that was the percentage of Form 34As that had been submitted to the Commission by the time of going to press.

“It appears the media did not prepare very well, the actual figures should be at around 97 per cent,” Chebukati stated.

The IEBC chairman said some 14,164,651 voters had voted on Tuesday, August 9, representing a 64.5 per cent voter turnout. This is out of 22.1 million registered voters.

According to Chebukati, the figure excluded voters who were identified using manual register in select regions where the KIEMS kits failed.

“From the kits that were transmitted, the voter turnout is 65.4%. This figure is will go higher once we compute the verification of turnout in areas that used manual voting. That figure will go up,” he said.




Revealed: Why Media Houses Have Different Presidential Results

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