Calls for peace as Kenyans vote amid delays

Uhuru speaking at the Deliverance Church Umoja

Uhuru speaking at the Deliverance Church Umoja

For this election, Kenya has ushered in a decentralized electronic system that makes it much harder for elections to be rigged.

In the previous polls, opposition leader Raila Odinga had claimed that 2 million votes were used to rig the election.

Tuesday's Kenyan presidential election is shaping up to be among the most competitive in the country's history, pitting two longtime rivals in a contest that some worry could devolve into violence along tribal lines.

The voting process is running smoothly in many parts of the country, but some parts have experienced a few technical issues that caused delay in the process.

Kenyans queued in large numbers to vote yesterday in an electoral showdown between the country's foremost political dynasties, as the two sides traded barbs about the fairness of the ballot.

Editar Ochieng, a resident of the Nairobi slum Kibera, where clashes broke out in 2007, has sent her two daughters out of town for the duration of the elections. In an election six years earlier, more than 1,200 people died by ethnic violence.

To win the election, a candidate must win 50% + 1 of the votes, as well as 25% in at least 24 of 47 counties. Kenyatta, son of the country's founding father, is hopeful of securing another term as no sitting president has lost an election in the past in Kenya.

The contenders have called for a peaceful vote amid widespread fears that the crucial election could be marred by communal violence.

This was a nice statement from Obama, who has very close ties to Kenya and has visited the nation numerous times.

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The major candidates for Kenya's presidency, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and challenger and opposition leader, Raila Odinga have cast their votes and the duo expressed confidence about winning.

According to Guardian, over 180,000 security officials have been deployed to keep the peace in areas where tensions are high.

Washington, a voter who had to wait three-and-a-half hours at a polling station before he could vote, said he thought the system would be reliable but complained of its slowness, Efe news reported.

In the months that followed the 2007 vote, violent protesters from opposing political camps killed each other, set fire to their opponents' houses and patrolled the streets in militarised vehicles.

Former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaDemocrats introduce another "false hope" act to immigrants IL makes "Barack Obama Day" a state holiday GOP senator: I wish Republicans had stood up to birtherism MORE on Monday called for peaceful elections in Kenya as the country prepares for a fiercely contested presidential vote.

If no victor is declared, the election will go to a runoff, which would be a first in Kenya's history. Today's vote is the second general election since Kenya adopted a new constitution in 2010.

The charges, portrayed by Kenyatta as neo-imperialist interference, may have backfired, driving Kikuyu voters to the polls.

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is among thousands of global observers who have been monitoring the election process.

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