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Mar 8, 2013

Kenya vote count gives Kenyatta chance of outright victory

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The Kenyan authorities said they would announce a final result on Saturday in a tightly fought election that seemed to put the son of Kenya’s founding president, Uhuru Kenyatta, on course for outright victory.

Kenyatta, who faces international charges of crimes against humanity, was leading Prime Minister Raila Odinga in the final stages with just over 50 percent of the votes, enough to avoid a run-off if he stays above that level.

Mar 8, 2013

Kenyan presidential election heads to nail-biting finish

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s presidential race tightened on Friday as Uhuru Kenyatta’s lead narrowed over his main rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, raising the prospect of a second-round run-off.

Kenyatta, 51, the deputy prime minister, who is due to go on trial at The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity linked to the violent aftermath of the last election in 2007, had led since results started trickling in after polls closed on Monday.

Mar 7, 2013

Kenyatta lead shrinks in Kenya vote count, raising chance of run-off

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta’s share of the vote slipped below 50 percent for the first time in the slow counting of results on Thursday, raising the prospect that the country could be headed for a divisive second round run-off.

Kenyatta’s main rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, narrowed the gap to within three percentage points as votes from his stronghold were added to the tally.

Mar 7, 2013

Anxiety builds as Kenyans wait for presidential winner

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan authorities said the outcome of the country’s presidential election would not be compromised by the failure of electronic vote counting technology that has delayed results for a third day.

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who is due to go on trial for crimes against humanity linked to the violent aftermatch of the last election in 2007, has led since results started trickling in after polls closed on Monday.

Mar 6, 2013

Kenyans await outcome after tight presidential vote

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan authorities hope to deliver the final outcome of a presidential vote on Wednesday, after partial results gave a lead to a politician wanted in The Hague over tribal violence after the last election over five years ago.

Counting since Monday’s vote has been slow, and a new electronic system has been plagued by hitches, leading to complaints by political parties and anxiety among voters fearful that a flawed process could lead to another violent dispute.

Mar 6, 2013

Kenyans wait to know winner after tight presidential vote

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan authorities hope to deliver the final outcome of a presidential vote on Wednesday, after partial results showed a lead for a politician wanted in the Hague over tribal violence at the last election five years ago.

Counting since Monday’s vote has been slow, and a new electronic voter system has been plagued by hitches, leading to complaints by political parties and anxiety among voters fearful that a flawed process could lead to another violent dispute.

Mar 5, 2013

War crimes suspect takes lead as Kenya counts votes

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A politician wanted for war crimes in the Hague was leading in Kenya’s presidential vote tally with about half of ballots counted on Tuesday in a country hoping to avert a repeat of ethnic carnage during its last vote five years ago.

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces international charges of crimes against humanity linked to the last election, was provisionally ahead of Prime Minister Raila Odinga by 53 to 42 percent with about half the votes counted.

Mar 5, 2013

Kenyatta takes early lead as Kenya counts votes

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Uhuru Kenyatta opened an early lead as Kenya continued the count on Tuesday in a presidential election that brought out millions of voters despite pockets of violence that killed at least 15 people.

Kenyans, who waited patiently in long lines, hope the vote will restore the nation’s image as one of Africa’s more stable democracies after tribal blood-letting killed more than 1,200 people when the result of the 2007 vote was disputed by rivals.

Mar 4, 2013

At least 15 killed on Kenya coast on election day

NAIROBI/MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) – At least 15 people were killed in attacks by machete-wielding gangs on Monday as Kenyans voted in large numbers in the first presidential election since a disputed 2007 poll unleashed weeks of tribal bloodshed.

Initial provisional results began trickling in moments after polls closed, showing Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta slightly ahead of Prime Minister Raila Odinga, with ballots in from 10 percent of the polling stations, but it was still too early to predict the outcome.

Mar 3, 2013

Kenya counts on technology to ensure fair, peaceful vote

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya has rolled out new technology in an attempt to ensure Monday’s presidential election is transparent and proves the east African nation can rebuild its image after a disputed 2007 poll unleashed weeks of ethnic killing.

Independent monitors have routinely reported “ghost” voters, stuffed ballot boxes and other violations in Kenyan votes. But the 2007 race was the bloodiest with more than 1,200 people butchered in fighting between loyalists of rival candidates.