Kenyan Election: Uhuru Kenyatta Leads In Early Counting

Kenyan election: Uhuru Kenyatta ahead as results begin to come inThe electoral authority said early indications showed turnout at more than 70 per cent, with reports of millions of Kenyans queuing in lines half-a-mile long to vote in the crucial elections.

They turned out in their millions despite fears of violence – with reports of at least 16 people killed before polls opened, and gunmen attempting to seize two polling stations in the town of Garissa after they closed.

Earlier, gangs armed with machetes, knives and bows and arrows carried out four separate attacks on voting centres close to the country’s Indian Ocean coast.

News of the raids, soon after midnight on Monday, did not deter millions of voters from leaving home well before dawn. Lines of people hundreds of feet long formed in the dark before the ballot’s official start at 6am.

Close to 100,000 soldiers, police officers, prison guards and reservists were stationed at 33,400 polling stations across the country, and patrolled potential flashpoints. There had been fears of a repeat of violence in 2007, which sparked six weeks of violence that left 1,100 people dead and 600,000 forcibly evicted from their homes.

The electoral authority said early indications showed turnout at more than 70 per cent, with reports of millions of Kenyans queuing in lines half-a-mile long to vote in the crucial elections.

They turned out in their millions despite fears of violence – with reports of at least 16 people killed before polls opened, and gunmen attempting to seize two polling stations in the town of Garissa after they closed.

Earlier, gangs armed with machetes, knives and bows and arrows carried out four separate attacks on voting centres close to the country’s Indian Ocean coast.

News of the raids, soon after midnight on Monday, did not deter millions of voters from leaving home well before dawn. Lines of people hundreds of feet long formed in the dark before the ballot’s official start at 6am.

Close to 100,000 soldiers, police officers, prison guards and reservists were stationed at 33,400 polling stations across the country, and patrolled potential flashpoints. There had been fears of a repeat of violence in 2007, which sparked six weeks of violence that left 1,100 people dead and 600,000 forcibly evicted from their homes.

The electoral authority said early indications showed turnout at more than 70 per cent, with reports of millions of Kenyans queuing in lines half-a-mile long to vote in the crucial elections.

They turned out in their millions despite fears of violence – with reports of at least 16 people killed before polls opened, and gunmen attempting to seize two polling stations in the town of Garissa after they closed.

Earlier, gangs armed with machetes, knives and bows and arrows carried out four separate attacks on voting centres close to the country’s Indian Ocean coast.

News of the raids, soon after midnight on Monday, did not deter millions of voters from leaving home well before dawn. Lines of people hundreds of feet long formed in the dark before the ballot’s official start at 6am.

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Close to 100,000 soldiers, police officers, prison guards and reservists were stationed at 33,400 polling stations across the country, and patrolled potential flashpoints. There had been fears of a repeat of violence in 2007, which sparked six weeks of violence that left 1,100 people dead and 600,000 forcibly evicted from their homes.

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