The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has raised concerns over different presidential results being streamed by different media houses.
MCK, through its Chief Executive Officer and secretary to the council David Omwoyo, noted that the streaming of different results was causing genuine uneasiness among Kenyans.
"The council appreciates this is a genuine uneasiness, given its implication on anxiety levels among the public,” Omwoyo said in a letter dated August 10, 2022.
Omwoyo said that while the relayed results were from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), their sequencing by media houses was being done from different voting areas.
He said that MCK was consulting media owners and editors to find an urgent solution to ensure Kenyans receive synchronized results.
The CEO took issue with media houses for failing to conduct joint production on relaying of the results and urged Kenyans to only go with the final tally that will be announced by the electoral agency.
“Media houses have previously executed joint production with remarkable success on such matters of national interest. In the meantime, we remind Kenyans that the final results of the elections will be declared by IEBC,” he added.
Social media has been abuzz all day after different media houses displayed completely different results raising questions about their sources.
Most netizens, depending on which presidential candidate they support, have been switching from one station to another.
Earlier in the day, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati took issue with local media houses for delaying the tallying of provisional presidential results.
While addressing journalists at Bomas of Kenya, Chebukati upheld that while 97 per cent of requisite forms 34As has been uploaded on its portal, media houses were still slow to relay them.
"Media houses should be at 97 per cent now,” Chebukati told journalists and warned Kenyans against relying on social media postings saying they should only rely on its official and final tally.