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Kenyatta on course for second term

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Initial results suggest that Kenyan voters have handed President Uhuru Kenyatta a relatively decisive victory at the polls.

With 98% of the vote counted, Kenyatta and his Jubilee Party have received just over eight million votes, or 54.3%. His main rival, the National Super Alliance’s Raila Odinga, is on 44.8%.

The Independen­t Electoral and Boundaries Commission has until Tuesday to announce the result.

On Thursday, observers from the East African Community, African Union and European Union gave the election a clean bill of health. Marietje Schaake, head of the EU observer mission, said they had seen no evidence of “centralise­d or localised manipulati­on” of the results.

Earlier, Odinga had claimed that the results had been “hacked” and that the results were rigged to favour his opponent. His party released its own figures, putting Odinga comfortabl­y in the lead.

On Wednesday, the day after the vote, four people were killed in election-related violence, with protests erupting in several cities and towns across the country. Analysts fear that violence could increase if Odinga continues to dispute the legitimacy of the vote. Odinga has urged his supporters to remain calm. However, he added: “I do not control the people.”

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