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Kenyan President Kenyatta re-elected with 98 percent of vote -commission

Kenyan President Kenyatta re-elected with 98 percent of vote -commission”

Supporters of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga react as they listen to his address in Nairobi slum of Kawangware on October 29, 2017 after a Sunday's service at the Gatina Church.

The veteran opposition leader had boycotted the re-run of an August presidential election that was nullified by Kenya's Supreme Court on procedural grounds, leaving President Uhuru Kenyatta with an nearly free run against six minor candidates.

Odinga and Kenyatta, who seeks a second term, also faced off in a 2013 election similarly marred by opposition allegations of vote-rigging.

The trouble came as the election commission prepares to announce results of last week's presidential vote on Monday afternoon.

She said that a verification process had been completed in 266 constituencies where elections were held and that the commission, in accordance with Section 55 (B)(3) of the Elections Act, directed that a return to the election be made, thus paving way for a president-elect to be declared.

Odinga had asked his supporters to stay away from an election he said would not be free or fair, leaving many polling stations empty in his strongholds. That shows basically that the people don't have confidence, it is a vote of no confidence in the government of President Kenyatta.

Kenyan police have used tear gas in an attempt to disperse crowds in the Nairobi slum of Kawangware.

Robert F Godec, the American ambassador in Kenya, said politicians and other leaders should condemn the violence.

"We are deeply concerned by reports of excessive use of force by the police".

The full results of Kenya's presidential election rerun are expected to be released Monday, according to the country's voting authority, capping off months of drama and sporadic violence surrounding voting that has highlighted ongoing discord in the country.

The current political crisis is the worst since a 2007 vote sparked months of politically-driven ethnic violence that left 1,100 people dead.

Odinga refused to take part in the re-run, accusing the IEBC of failing to make sufficient reforms to ensure it would not be flawed.

But it was looking ever more like a Pyhrric victory with low turnout figures likely to tarnish the credibility of a vote that has deeply polarised the nation and sparked worldwide concern about the future of east Africa's most stable democracy. President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the victor of the earlier election.

However, political uncertainty persists after opposition leader Raila Odinga boycotted the repeat presidential election on Thursday.

However, in reality this represents only 37 percent of Kenya's 19.6 million registered voters.

This means he could again petition the Supreme Court to challenge the election, and observers fear further legal battles that will extend the uncertainty that has already hit east Africa's richest economy hard.



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