Keny­atta takes early lead af­ter peace­ful vote

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE -

Kenya’s pres­i­dent took an early lead as re­sults from Tues­day’s na­tional elec­tions trick­led in.

In­cum­bent Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta is hop­ing for a se­cond time in of­fice, but faces a tough chal­lenge from his long-time ri­val Raila Odinga.

Keny­atta had nearly 58 per­cent of the vote af­ter 5,455 of 40,883 polling sta­tions had re­ported re­sults, the elec­toral com­mis­sion web­site said at 1700 GMT.

The elec­toral com­mis­sion urged vot­ers to wait calmly for re­sults.

“Dur­ing this crit­i­cal phase, we urge all Kenyans to ex­er­cise re­straint as we await of­fi­cial re­sults from the polling sta­tions and in­deed as they start trick­ling in,” it said.

To win out­right, a can­di­date needs more than 50% of the vote, and at least 25% in 24 of Kenya’s 47 coun­ties. If that thresh­old is not met, a runoff vote be­tween the top two can­di­dates will be trig­gered.

Photo: AFP

81-year-old Withira Wainana is car­ried at a polling sta­tion in Gatundu South, Ki­ambu County, dur­ing gen­eral elec­tions in Kenyans yes­ter­day.

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