Why you are seeing different presidential election results across TV stations
There have been growing concerns raised by
members of the public pertaining to the transmission of presidential results
across different TV stations, with some suggesting that the press is not keying
in the correct tally results.
The confusion stems largely from the fact
that this is the first time in Kenya's history that the Independent Electoral
and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has permitted media houses, politicians,
members of the public and other interested parties to independently keep
track of the August General Election by sourcing data from the electoral body.
This has seen multiple media houses set up
their own tallying centres to total the results but many are displaying varying
outcomes much to the dismay of Kenyans who are now conflicted about which TV
station to switch to.
Citizen Digital has since established a
number of factors that have led to the airing of dissimilar presidential results.
These include manpower deployed, the time
taken to process data from IEBC, randomness of how IEBC uploads data on its
platform and how media houses choose to download and tally the said data.
Owing to IEBC's unpredictability in uploading
the results on its platform and the randomness media houses use to download the
said data, without taking into account manpower and speed of processing the
said data, the results will be different on most occasions.
Media Council of Kenya (MCK) CEO David Omwoyo
has since sought to allay the fears raised by members of the public.
ceding that the concerns are valid and warranted, Mr. Omwoyo highlighted that
it is only natural for different TV stations to display contrasting results
since the sequencing of votes can vary depending on how the said stations
receive results from different parts of the country.
Council confirms that the results being projected are all from the Independent
Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) though the sequencing by different
media houses is from different voting areas," said Omwoyo in a statement
added that MCK is currently exploring ways to ensure that all TV stations
announce the same results simultaneously.
Media Council of Kenya is in consultation with Media Owners and Editors to find
an urgent solution to this to ensure Kenyans receive synchronised results.
Media houses have previously executed joint production with remarkable success
on such matters of national interest," he said.
likewise reminded Kenyans that official presidential election results will only
be announced by IEBC once tallying is concluded.
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