Counting has started in Kenyan election re-run

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Counting has started in Kenya's election re-run.

BBC Monitoring's reports that the polls closed at 17:00 local time (14:00 GMT).

But in places where bad weather or technical hitches delayed opening of the polling stations, time will be allowed to compensate.

In four counties voting has been postponed to Saturday. These are Migori, Siaya, Kisumu and Homa Bay.

As for when we'll know the result, information will be trickling in over the next few days.

The BBC's Anne Soy explains that, unlike the August election, this time we won’t have almost instantaneous updates from polling stations.

No text results will be sent to the National Tallying Centre – only scanned copies of the forms.

That means that the system won’t be automatically adding up the figures and giving us the total number of votes each candidate has at any given point.

The changes were made because the systems were configured to accommodate the results of only two candidates, but then a late court ruling directed the electoral commission to have all eight candidates. The technology provider OT Morpho said it wasn’t feasible to do so in time for the election.

We may have the total votes cast in each constituency by Thursday morning, but the final outcome might be announced much, much later.

The commission has seven days to do so.

AFP's deputy bureau chief for East Africa shows the counting process ongoing in this video she has posted.
 

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