Kenyatta has early vote lead amid few reports of violence
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.