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IEBC hopes to announce president-elect Friday

IEBC chairman Wafula Chekukati will likely announce results of the presidential contest on Friday.

Mr Chebukati has told journalists that the commission expects all forms 34B from around the country by noon Friday.

“We have asked all our officers to send in the forms by 11 am tomorrow. Once we’re done with the validation, we will immediately tell kenyans who their next president is,” the chairman said.

The ongoing validation has returned few discrepancies with what has already been published in the commission’s portal giving Mr Kenyatta a huge lead over his main challenger Raila Odinga.

Mr Chebukati at the same time gave the exercise a clean bill of health saying it was overrally credible.

“Our preliminary report shows that hacking was attempted but didn’t not succeed,” he said.

He called on political leaders to avoid sentiments that can stoke tension among supporters.

The Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga has dismissed figures indicating President Kenyatta is poised for a resounding victory.