The silence in the highly guarded main auditorium was deafening. A handful of party officials, supporters, government agents and foreign dignitaries followed proceedings keenly on the main dais.
Miles away, tens of millions of Kenyans and other citizens of the world were keenly glued to their TV sets following the proceedings. The anxiety across Kenya was palpable.
The place: Bomas Kenya in Nairobi. The occasion: announcement of the winner of the presidential race by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). The expected announcement had brought activities in the country to a standstill.
Yet, throughout the sombre process, IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe employed humour not only as a device for encouraging those around her, but also as a way to prove that the IEBC was still in command of the situation.
After a hotly contested election that saw candidates exchange harsh words in a bid to outdo one another, few times would be more challenging for candidates and their supporters than during the announcement of the now disputed presidential results.