Computer glitch blamed for Kenya vote error
March 8 , 2013
Kenya’s electoral commission revealed on Thursday that a computer glitch was to blame for the number of rejected votes in the tallying of the presidential election.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman, Issack Hassan, stated that the computer was multiplying each rejected vote by a factor of eight, resulting in disputes and allegations of fraud.
Vote counting has since been restarted by hand.
Uhuru Kenyatta still maintains a significant lead over Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
The number of rejected votes has fallen from more than 330,000 to 58,644.
By 3:15 pm local time, some six million votes had been recounted with Kenyatta at 3.1 million votes compared to Odinga's 2.6 million.
According to estimates, more than 70 percent of the country's 14.3 million voters cast their ballots.
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