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Uhuru Kenyatta takes early lead in Kenyan presidential election

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by Joseph Earnest August 9, 2017


Newscast Media NAIROBIAfter millions of Kenyans went to the polls on August 8, President Uhuru Kenyatta is comfortably ahead of his opponent Raila Odinga by 10 points, leading with 55 percent of the vote, compared to Odinga's 44 percent.


According to the Associated Press, Odinga contested the results saying, "The system has failed."


Reuters reports that Raila Odinga said that Kenyatta's lead had been suspiciously constant since tallying began and did not jibe with what his own party agents were telling him.


"We have our projections from our agents which show we are ahead by far," he said.


Kenyans certainly do not want to see a repeat of the violence stemming from the 2007-2008 election, whereby, according to Human Rights Watch, 1,100 people were killed and 650,000 displaced.


As a rule of thumb, to win the presidency, a candidate must garner over 50 percent of the vote, and at least win 25 percent of the 47 counties in Kenya. IF none of the candidates is able to meet these conditions, a run-off between the top two contenders is triggered.    Add Comments>>















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