Keny­atta has early vote lead amid few re­ports of vi­o­lence

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - — Ni­cole Ault

Polls in Kenya closed with­out ma­jor re­ports of vi­o­lence Tues­day, eas­ing fears that this year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion would repli­cate that of 2007, when a cliffhanger re­sult sparked eth­nic clashes that left more than 1,000 peo­ple dead.

Re­sults were still com­ing in from more than 40,000 polling sta­tions, a process that could take days. Late Tues­day evening, about 66 per­cent of the votes had been re­ported, with in­cum­bent Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta lead­ing by about 11 per­cent­age points over Na­tional Su­per Al­liance can­di­date Raila Odinga.

The win­ning can­di­date needs more than 50 per­cent of the vote and at least 25 per­cent in 24 coun­ties.

Pres­sure is on Kenya’s elec­toral com­mis­sion to de­liver ac­cu­rate re­sults. The bru­tal un­solved mur­der of the com­mis­sion’s in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy man­ager, Christo­pher Msando, last week raised sus­pi­cions of in­ter­fer­ence with the elec­tronic vot­ing sys­tems.

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