Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ( IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati has announced that the presidential winner will be declared during the day.
Chebukati said that he will not declare the winner at night, as was witnessed in the 2007 General Election, where the president was sworn in during the night.
“We will not announce the presidential winner at night; we will do so in broad daylight,” he announced.
The 2022 presidential race is touted to be a two-horse race between Raila Odinga, the Azimio la Umoja candidate and William Ruto, current Deputy President of Kenya (2013–present) and leader of the United Democratic Alliance.
Other candidates in the race include David Waihiga Mwaure, leader of the Agano Party and George Wajackoyah of the Roots party.
President Kibaki was sworn in at nightfall in 2007
Chebukati’s remarks on the presidential results might have been sparked following what was witnessed in the 2007 election, where the former president Mwai Kibaki was declared at around 6 pm and later sworn in after an hour.
Kibaki, who had trailed in all the opinion polls and all but the final count, was given 4,584,721 votes to the 4,352,993 tallies of the opposition leader Raila.
Raila rejected the result, claiming massive rigging by the government.
Following the announcement of Kibaki as the winner, the country was thrown into chaos, leading to the death of more than 1,000 people and the displacement of thousands of others.