LIVE: 'Yes' opens wide lead in Kenya referendum
Posted Wednesday, August 4 2010 at 17:20
03: 20 Starehe constituency results: Yes 68, 815; No 25,529, rejected votes 4,612.
03: 10 IIEC updates at the Bomas of Kenya being translated to Kenya Sign Language for deaf persons in the country, reports Joy Wanja.
03:02 No team sends a message of peace to Kenyans and calls upon the country to be calm. "We have serious misgivings on the integrity of the tallying. We have set up our own mechanism to validate the results, NCCK secretary general says in a statement.
"Meanwhile, let us hold together peacefully and handle issues in a civilised manner."
02: 53 IIEC says it is getting results through Form 17 which will be used to get the final tally.
02: 50 The group announces that it will issue a comprehensive statement on Thursday at 11 a.m.
02: 48 The No team resurfaces and says they are still unhappy with conduct of the referendum and claim their agents were ejected from the Starehe Hall tallying centre.
02: 45 "Kenya has decided! The nation has been reborn. GOD BLESS KENYA," Nelson on Facebook.
02: 35 Latest: Yes 4,133,226; No 2,051,89 representing a total of 6,185,116. A total of 14,681 polling stations have reported.
02: 13 The audience in the Bomas of Kenya auditorium is fast diminishing as many of those invited go to sleep. The only minister remaining in the tallying hall is Trade Minister Amos Kimunya. The only MP in the hall is John Mututho (Naivasha).
Nation journalists Walter Menya, Joy Wanja, Emeka-Mayaka Gekara, Oliver Mathenge and Alphonce Shiundu have been at the national tallying centre from 8.00am Wednesday, it is 0200hrs Thursday and they are still going strong giving the world blow by blow account, by the numbers, as the results trickle in from the constituencies. Surely, they’ll need leave as soon as the official results are announced. They also won’t mind a mind-blowing bash. What do you think?
02:04 IIEC's Ken Nyaundi promises another update soon.
02:02 As IIEC made the announcement, the No camp was absent and so were the diplomats. The number of international and local observers also dwindled as the night wore on.
01:59 Commissioner Davis Chirchir says the data is from 14, 563 polling stations out of the 20,750 targeted at the poll.
01:55 IIEC says soft copies of raw data have been received from polling stations and submitted to all referendum national committees.
01: 45 Central Yes (831,464), No (152,565); Coast Yes (217,459), No (57,271); Eastern Yes (550,539), No (421,921); Nairobi Yes (591,747), No (210,892); North Eastern Yes (80,163), No (3,497); Rift Valley Yes (642,191) No (1,041,759); Nyanza Yes ( 731,156), No (62,642); Western Yes (467,866), No (88,834).
01: 40 "Its time for yes so let mi compose a söng of victory in advance let the world know this," Caro Ngugi on Facebook.
01: 30 IIEC provisional results as at 1.30am: Yes 4,112,674 (66.9pc); No 2,039,416 (33.1pc) with 14,563 polling stations reporting.