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Kenya Close To Election Results, Deputy President In The Leads

Kenya Close To Election Results, Deputy President In The Leads

Kenya Close To Election Results, Deputy President In The Leads

Kenya Close To Election Results, Deputy President In The Leads

After days of tense anticipation, Kenya was getting closer on Monday to learning the results of its fiercely contested presidential election.

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Based on official results from more than 80% of constituencies, the Daily Nation newspaper reported that Deputy President William Ruto was in the lead with slightly more than 51% of the vote, compared to Raila Odinga’s 48%.

As the wait for the official results of the August 9 election dragged on, both men had made a calm request on Sunday.

Although the voting day went mostly without incident, Kenyans are still troubled by the memories of vote-rigging and deadly violence in 2007–2008 and 2017.

Kenya Close To Election Results, Deputy President In The Leads

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is under intense pressure to deliver a clean poll in a country regarded as a beacon of stability in a troubled region.

Results must be issued by Tuesday at the latest, according to Kenya’s constitution.

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Ruto, 55, is deputy president but is effectively running as the challenger after outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta threw his support behind his former foe Odinga, the 77-year-old veteran opposition leader making his fifth bid for the top job.

Kenyans voted in six elections, choosing a new President as well as senators, governors, lawmakers, women representatives, and some 1,500 county officials.

Kenya Close To Election Results, Deputy President In The Leads

Turnout was lower than expected at around 65 percent of Kenya’s 22 million registered voters, with observers blaming disenchantment with the political elite in a country battling a severe cost of living crisis.

The IEBC had faced sharp criticism for its handling of the August 2017 poll, which in a historic first for Africa was annulled by the Supreme Court after Odinga challenged the outcome.

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Dozens of people were killed in the chaos that followed the election, with police brutality blamed for the deaths.

Kenyatta went on to win the October rerun after a boycott by Odinga.


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