Kenyan Presidential Candidate Uhuru Kenyatta’s Vote Share Falls Below 50%

by Colonel on March 8, 2013

“Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta’s share of the vote slipped below 50 percent for the first time in the slow counting of results on Thursday, raising the prospect that the country could be headed for a divisive second round run-off.

Kenyatta’s main rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, narrowed the gap to within three percentage points as votes from his stronghold were added to the tally.

Earlier on Thursday, Odinga’s campaign team said some of the results of the election had been doctored and called for the vote count to be halted, remarks that could inflame public passions after a previously largely peaceful poll.

Kenyatta, son of Kenya’s independence leader Jomo Kenyatta, has been indicted for crimes against humanity over the ethnic violence that followed the last election, posing a dilemma for Western allies if he wins.

” – James Macharia and George Obulutsa, Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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