Kenya counts votes in tight presidential election amid fears of violence

By Adrian Blomfield, IN NAIROBI

8 AUGUST 2017 • 5:59PM

People queue outside a polling station to cast their vote during the presidential election in the city centre in Nairobi, Kenya, August 8 CREDIT:  REUTERS

 

Kenyans hurled themselves into a general election on Tuesday amid fears that the country’s oldest and most bitter dynastic rivalry could unleash renewed turmoil in the former colony.

After an acrimonious campaign overshadowed by the murder of a senior election official and allegations of fraud, voters queued in vast numbers to cast their ballots for either Uhuru Kenyatta, the incumbent president, or his opponent Raila Odinga.

With little in terms of policy to distinguish between the two, ethnic loyalties will once again have a disproportionate and potentially malign influence over the election’s outcome.

Further adding to volatility, opinion polls gave neither candidate a conclusive lead, convincing supporters of both men that victory in a foregone conclusion – and increasing the likelihood that those on the losing side will reject the result.

A Kenyan Samburu warrior votes in Nkirish, in the Eastern Province on August 8A Kenyan Samburu warrior votes in Nkirish, in the Eastern Province on August 8

 – The Telegraph

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