Kenya's election:Riots break out in opposition stronghold over contested result

Kenya's election:Riots break out in opposition stronghold over contested result

"Our officers killed two of them and we are looking for others who escaped", said regional police chief Larry Kieng. A Kenya security official says a homemade bomb planted by extremists to disrupt elections blew up after a hyena set it off. Joseph Kanyiri, the head of a task force of security agents in Lamu county, says the blast occurred after the hyena walked over it. He says the bomb had been planted on a route used by election officials to transport ballots to a counting centrer.

The contest between President Uhuru Kenyatta, a wealthy 55-year-old businessman, and Odinga, 72, has been a hard-fought election that stoked fears of possible violence.

With votes from 36,125 of the 40,883 polling stations nationwide tallied, Kenyatta had 54.69 per cent of the vote, ahead of his challenger, opposition candidate Raila Odinga with 44.47 per cent, according to data released by the Electoral Commission.

There were eight candidates in all, but apart from Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga none polled more than 0.3% of the vote.

Ghanaian former president John Mahama, who is leading the Commonwealth delegation, also urged Kenyans to give the IEBC "proper time and space to complete the results process with necessary due diligence. I can give an account of what happened at that polling station and I'm quite sure that nobody would be able to lodge any complaint of what happened there", Thabo Mbeki said.

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Musalia Mudavadi said a a letter has been sent to the IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati to express their disappointment and for him to look into irregularities immediately. It's the day after the country's major general elections this week on Tuesday and Kenyans are waiting in fear that this calm might precede a storm.

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The clashes evoked memories of a disputed election in 2007 when Odinga's calls for demonstrations triggered waves of ethnic violence that spread from Kisumu across the country.

Yoweri Museveni of Uganda was reelected in 2016 after defeating his closest opponent by more than 20 percentage points. "They are fictitious, they are fake", Odinga's claimed.

It's important they have the time to do these procedures well.

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