By Sandra Birungi
Kenyans are getting impatient as vote counting in the country continues to determine who the next president of the country will be.
On Twitter, Kenyans are calling onto fellow Kenyans to remain patient. A tweet from @Morris Ndegwa cited long hours and continued waiting. “We can wait a little longer for the results if we waited on long queues,” he wrote.
IEBC said the results would be released today by the end of the day. At the moment, there are two candidates battling it out, Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. Kenyatta however is leading with a 53% vote as opposed to the 42% of Odinga. To win, a candidate has to have over 50%.
At the moment, vote counting is being done manually after machines crumbled. In a statement, the U.S. State Department congratulated Kenya on a peaceful vote. “We encourage the electoral commission to continue its work in a thorough, transparent, and professional manner,” the statement read. “We encourage all Kenyans to come together and move forward peacefully to realize the full promise and benefits of the new constitution. We urge that any election disputes be resolved peacefully through the Kenyan legal system.”
The whole world is watching and anxiously waiting to see what will happen after the election results are announced.