Make way for the long count process

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Kenyans were called to the polls on Tuesday 9 August to choose their new president, as well as elected local officials, MPs, governors and even senators. Apart from some incidents, the elections were generally peaceful in the country. However, the elections were marked by abstentions, which increased in five years.

In places, there have been delays in deploying equipment, and failures in identification kits, as our Nairobi correspondent reported, Florence Morris. At 10 p.m. last night, we were still voting in some offices, but” the majority It has been closed, according to the Kenya Electoral Commission. Overall, the day went smoothly.

When it came time to vote, the two leading candidates expressed confidence that they would win. ” I am convinced that the Kenyan people will choose the future of our country ‘, announced William Rotoafter voting. ” I am convinced that the people of Kenya will speak out for democratic change ‘, announced Raila Odingawhen he left his Karen residence for his polling station in Kibera, Nairobi, where a jubilant wave of humankind awaits him.

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The compilation of results is now in progress. Hence it opens a period of uncertainty. The Electoral Commission of Kenya has called for this patience As for the National Council of Churches in Kenya, it calls All candidates must accept the will of the people Those who do not do so are encouraged satisfied with the results ‘Recourse to justice’ instead of violence “.

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More than 22 million voters were called to vote but only 56% had moved by 4 p.m., according to the Electoral Commission. In 2017, they were about 80%.

In Kisumu, a city in the west of the country and a stronghold of Raila Odinga, the same trend is emerging at many polling stations, as our special correspondent points out at once. Albany Theward.

And so it was 5 p.m. Tuesday when this downtown polling station closed in respect of the official schedule. The counting started immediately. The disappointment is palpable: turnout is lower than expected. 60% of registered voters voted in this pen. Julie Ndenda, observing one of the candidates, expected over 80, because the day began in a festive way, to the sound of whistles and vuvuzelas in the streets of Kisumu. “ This morning there were a lot of people but it came down in the afternoon. I was expecting more, the election campaign was very active, people were all saying they were going to vote! »

Voters who made the trip quietly welcomed the vote. Everyone is pleased with how successful the day was. ” Everything went well, people were happy, they were screaming, we feel like they want a change. It was all very peaceful and I think it will remain so, Kenyans are tired of bloodshed Julie Nenda says.

For Lillian, this is a sign of optimism for the future. While waiting for the official results, the young woman sent a message to the politicians: ” There will always be a loser and a winner. But try not to waste our time, by inciting people to take to the streets or through a legal appeal. Let’s stay in peace. »

In Eldoret, the memory of the 2007-2008 violence is still vivid

The two lead candidates, William Ruto and Raila Odinga, have repeatedly pledged to respect the results.

Unfortunately, while the latter awaits, the authorities are preparing for possible violence in certain areas, particularly in Eldoret. The predominantly Kalenjin town of Rift Valley was a hotspot for post-election violence in 2007-2008 that left more than a thousand people dead.

In a popular area where I went Charlotte SimonartLong queues form as soon as polling stations open. The poll took place without incident, despite the impatience of some. ” This is not acceptable! I don’t see my name on the wall. I do not understand why. »

Veronica is satisfied. ” That’s it, you voted! I am now praying for peace and for our country to move forward. »

Pray for peace, because the residents of this neighborhood are mostly Kikuyus, and they were targeted here in Eldoret during the bloody post-election violence of 2007-2008. This man refuses to talk about it and does not forget: This is another story. Now we have to do our best. All is well. We need peace. Only peace. And everything will be fine. »

At the other downtown polling station, long before closing, voters had already deserted. ” Today was very quiet. At my polling station, turnout is around 50%. We were expecting more voters but I don’t know why they didn’t come. In 2017 at that time there were still long queues. But there, you see, there is no one left Surprised Ezra Mothai, one of the agents of the Electoral Commission.

In Eldoret, everyone here hopes that the announcement of the results will not ignite the powder.

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