© Reuters. Electoral officers type solid poll papers in the course of the basic election performed by the Unbiased Electoral and Boundaries Fee (IEBC) on the shut of the voting course of on the Moi Avenue Major College in Nairobi, Kenya August 9, 2022. REUTERS/T
By Duncan Miriri
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Preliminary outcomes from Kenya’s presidential election confirmed a good race between the 2 essential candidates vying to exchange outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Tuesday election is a vital take a look at for stability in East Africa’s greatest financial system after two of its three final elections have been marred by violence following disputes over accusations of rigging.
The frontrunners, Deputy President William Ruto and veteran opposition chief Raila Odinga, have been neck and neck with 1.2 million votes every, outcomes tabulated by the personal Citizen Tv early on Wednesday confirmed, placing them at simply over 49% every.
The successful candidate should get 50% plus one vote.
The election fee, the Unbiased Electoral and Boundaries Fee (IEBC), posted photos of greater than 90% of election consequence varieties, from a complete of 46,663 polling stations.
However for now, the fee is simply posting footage, not numbers. Solely two constituency-level outcomes can be found on the fee’s web site.
The constituency consequence varieties need to be bodily taken to the nationwide tallying centre within the capital, Nairobi, and verified earlier than the fee points them as official outcomes.
The method is partly the results of a Supreme Court docket ruling in 2017 that overturned the preliminary re-election of Kenyatta in August that yr, citing the fee’s failure to comply with the method to the letter.
The ultimate consequence from the IEBC is predicted in days, though legally, it has as much as per week.
Turnout was low on Tuesday, when voters additionally selected legislative and native authority representatives.
The fee stated it believed that about 60% of the 22.1 million registered voters solid ballots. Turnout was practically 80% within the final election in 2017.
A number of elements have been blamed for the disappointing turnout together with drought within the north and voter frustration with the federal government’s failure to sort out financial issues akin to rising meals and gas costs.
Kenyatta fell out together with his deputy Ruto after their re-election in 2017. He has endorsed Odinga.