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Date:08 Aug 2017
#KenyaElections: Polls open in tight presidential race

Millions of registered Kenyan voters will go to the polls today to elect a new president, as well as 67 senators, 349 MPs, and 47 governors. The 40,883 polling stations across the country opened at 0600 local time.

This election has attracted more than 5,000 election observers, including observation missions from the European Union (EU), the African Union (AU), and the Commonwealth, in what many believe will be a tight race between incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, and Raila Odinga, former prime minister and ODM party leader. Kenyatta is seeking re-election, while Odinga is making his fourth and most likely final attempt at the presidency.

Kenyans can only hope for a peaceful election, given the country’s history of political violence, issues with new voting technology, suspicions about election fraud, and the recent murder of high-level election official Chris Musando. Given how close the race between Kenyatta and Odinga is expected to be, there are fears about how those who lose will react to defeat. Many citizens living in large cities have returned to their hometowns ahead of the election.

This is the sixth presidential election since the transition from a one-party to a multiparty democratic system in 1992. To win the election, a candidate must get 50% + 1 vote nationally, and 25% of the vote in at least 24 counties in Kenya.
Final presidential election results will be published within seven days after voting today.


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