• Some of the leaders locked out include; newly elected Nairobi senator Edwin Sifuna, Makadara MP-elect George Aladwa, Siaya governor-elect James Orengo, Nderitu Muriithi and others.

Chaos at Bomas
Image: Andrew Kasuku

Tension is brewing at the national tallying centre, Bomas of Kenya's main entrance as several leaders get locked out of the venue.

Some of the leaders locked out include; newly elected Nairobi senator Edwin Sifuna, Makadara MP-elect George Aladwa, Siaya governor-elect James Orengo, Nderitu Muriithi and others.

The leaders who came with a group of supporters were momentarily barred from accessing the venue, causing the supporters to protest the move.

Speaking to the Star on phone, Sifuna said they were blocked from accessing the tallying centre by police officers manning the main entrance of the facility.

"We are here, nobody is telling us why we cannot access the tallying centre despite having the accreditation," Sifuna said on phone.

A contingent of security teams, including riot police, GSU officers and special teams are at the gate to calm the situation.

On Saturday, commissioner Abdi Guliye ordered non-essential people out of the main auditorium where tallying was ongoing, saying only accredited party agents, media, observers and IEBC staff would be allowed at the premises going forward.

It comes amid rising tension at the auditorium over allegations of vote rigging.

Edited at 15:49: The Azimio leaders were later allowed access but blocked from accessing the auditorium where verification is ongoing. They are currently at the VIP lounge.

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