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Wednesday 22 November 2017
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Kenya polls, credibility and elections in Africa

Observers rally to avert crisis

By John Eche

 

With 99 percent of the votes already counted, it is all clear that incumbent President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta may have secured another term in office already even as there remain credibility questions.

According to the tally of results posted on the website of the umpire, the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission, Uhuru has netted 54.3% of the votes cast.

His closest rival and former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga is credited as having secured 44.8% of the votes cast in the elections.

Kenyatta contested on the platform of Jubilee Party, JP, while Odinga flew the flag of the orange Democratic Movement, ODM.

However, Odinga has since protested that the integrity of the electoral process may have been compromised, citing an alleged hacking of the IEBC website.

While the commission initially denied that no such thing had happened, it has now owned up that there was indeed an attempt but it was unsuccessful.

On their part, observer missions from the European Union, the Commonwealth and the African Union have restated their faith in the process even as veteran US Senator and former Secretary of State,  John Kerry has equally endorsed the polls process, asking losers to accept the outcome in good faith.

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya

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