Kenya's Referendum Live Updates

Kenyan citizens are voting today in a referendum on a new constitution. You can follow live updates on Kenyan websites and also get reports of incidents related to the referendum on Uchaguzi map.

Uchaguzi (“decision” in Kiswahili) is a customized version of the Ushahidi platform to monitor incidences of electoral offences, violence and even peace activities during the August 4th Constitutional Referendum vote.

Ushahidi, which means testimony in Swahili, was created to document post election that claimed more than 1,000 lives after the 2007 presidential election.

Uchaguzi has set up a Situation Room to provides live updates of the referendum as well as save as a realtime coordination point.

Here are a few reports from the Situation Room. At 1:33 am on August 4, 2010 Jessica reported:

Ahmed Maawy, super volunteer, is logging in from Mombasa to test run SWIFT RIVER on Uchaguzi!

At 1:08 am on August 4, 2010 Erik Hersman reported:

Total Reports: 413, Avg Reports Per Day: 34.42, Verified: 79.66%

Yesterday at 11:53 am on August 3, 2010 Jessica reported:

Off to a good start…


* 1651 unique visitors
* 59 reports (a few hundred more cued up tonight for processing first thing)
* Top categories: (1) Hate Speech, (2) Tensions, (3) Peace Efforts
* Verified 34%

At 10:38 pm on August 3, 2010 pthigo reported:

Kenya media online

Jess, Kenyan media with livestreams


Other media sites with live updates are Kassfm and the Standard's Live-Text.

Live-Text reports:

Updated 8 min(s) ago
11:51 Prime Minister Raila Odinga is at Holy Family Basilica just to see how the voting process is proceeding….

11:45 IIEC chairman Isaack Hassan says heavy rains caused delay of some polling stations. He affirms over 90 per cent polling stations opened in time and has called on poll officers to assist voters having difficulties with the register.

IIEC loses a Presiding Officer in Marakwet West. He died last night after a short illness. The commission is holding a press briefing now

11:26 Raila predicts a 70 per cent YES win and calls on Kenyans to vote peacefully. He voted earlier at Kibera Primary School in his Langata constituency.

This is waht he said: “Today is a defining moment in the history of our country. The most significant after Independence day.”

Our reporter, Peter Opiyo says voting is going on peacefully at al polling stations in the area

11:10 Kibaki has voted

11:09 President Kibaki is voting now in Othaya at Munaini Primary school

(11:05)'I want to retire leaving behind a good legacy…I will leave after 12 months,’ says Attormey General, Amos Wako. Wako voted at 9:55 in Nang'oma Primary School. Hesaid implementaion will begin immediately.

Kassfm live updates:

Wednesday August 4th:

10:45 AM: Former President Daniel Arap Moi Casts his vote at Kabarak Primary Polling Station

10:30 AM: Prime Minister Raila Odinga Casts his vote at Kibera Primary Polling Station

10:15 AM: The IIEC Chairman Issack Hassan address the public at the Tally centre in Bomas of Kenya

10:00 AM: Minister for Higher Education William Ruto Casts his vote at his Eldoret North Constituency

10:00 AM: Boat used by IIEC to carry voters materials capsizes in tana river. IIEC officials safe but voting materials lost

09:20 AM: The Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta cast his vote at his Gatundu constituency.

09:20 AM: The Poor road network continues to hit the Mount Elgon region.

09:00 AM: Voters at Kaptama, Cheptais and other stations still waiting for ballot materials

08:18 AM: It is expected that most registered Kenyans will be in the different voting stations in different times of the day to vote.

08:00 AM: Voting started early as early as 6 am in many polling stations in the country where many Kenyans have come out in numbers to ensure they exercise their democratic right by voting either for or against the proposed constitution.

07:00 AM: The former President Daniel Arap Moi Cast his vote at Kabarak Primary

07:00 AM: Kenyans woke up early in the morning to brace the cold weather and cast their votes.

06:00 AM: Voting stations opened across the country.


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