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IEBC officially declares Uhuru Kenyatta president of Kenya.

IEBC officially declares Uhuru Kenyatta president of Kenya.

INTERNATIONAL, KENYA
Nairobi, Kenya. President Uhuru Kenyatta has won Kenya’s rerun vote that took place on Thursday 26th October after an official announcement by the National Electoral Commission. According to the IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati, Uhuru tallied 7,483,895 (98.2%) of the votes cast in the October 26 election, according to results from 265 out of 290 constituencies, while Raila Odinga, the National Super Alliance (NASA) opposition leader collected  73,228 (0.9%), Ekuru 21,333. (0.28%), Dida. 14,107. (0.19%), Kaluyu. 8,261. (0.11%), Mwaura. 6,007 (0.08%), Nyagah. 5,554. (0.07%),Jirongo. 3,832. (0.05%).   About 38.84 percent of the registered voters turned up to cast their ballot - that is 7.6 million of the 19.6 million registered voters. In the said opposition Counties,
NASA warns IBEC not to declare Uhuru

NASA warns IBEC not to declare Uhuru

INTERNATIONAL, KENYA
Machakos, Kenya.   The National Super Alliance (NASA) Led by Siaya Senator James Orengo, has challenged the Kenya’s Electoral Commission (IEBC) not to declare President Uhuru Kenyatta winner in the October 26 repeat presidential poll. “We will use the August 8 General Election results to declare Opposition chief, Raila Odinga, president if Uhuru is sworn” James Orengo said. “Kenyans have the sovereign authority and their voices must be respected. “According to our constitution, Uhuru does not have sovereign authority like the people of Kenya have, Uhuru Kenyatta will go home and Raila Odinga will come to be the President of Kenya” Mr Orengo added. He reminded the people of Kenya on how Raila fought to guarantee that Kenya achieve multiparty democracy. He was acc
Kenya’s Electoral Commission cancels voting in opposition boycotted areas

Kenya’s Electoral Commission cancels voting in opposition boycotted areas

INTERNATIONAL, KENYA
Nairobi, Kenya. The Electoral Commission of Kenya postponed the voting process in some opposition strongholds where election was boycotted on Thursday, citing concerns about the safety of election staff. The Commission Chairman Chebukati  did not say when the voting will now take place, but had earlier on Thursday evening stated that the boycotted regions will cast their vote this Saturday. Chebukati made the announcement after opposition leaders warned of further bloodshed if polling stations opened today in areas where voting did not occur in Thursday’s repeat presidential election. The opposition boycotted the election and its supporters clashed with police in several areas, leading the election commission to delay voting in parts of western Kenya until the weekend. S
Kenyatta promises to unite the divided Kenya during elections

Kenyatta promises to unite the divided Kenya during elections

INTERNATIONAL, KENYA
Nairobi, Kenya. The situation in Kenya is uncomfortable after a one sided vote in favor of Uhuru Kenyatta took place on Thursday in most of the country’s provinces. The opposition supporters refused to cast their votes in some areas causing threats to the security of the Country and forced the Chairman of the Electoral Commission to reschedule the voting process for those said opposition areas to Saturday 28th October. The elections have left most of the Kenyans divided and this has endangered the state peace in the near future. The President and Democratic Party’s William Ruto on Thursday promised to fuse Kenyans together after the divisive elections. “Campaigns are so divisive and it’s the responsibility of whoever is elected President to deal with those divisions to heal
Kenya election ends in peace while clashes developed from opposition supporters.

Kenya election ends in peace while clashes developed from opposition supporters.

INTERNATIONAL, KENYA
Although the opposition in Kenya boycotted the voting process mainly in Kisumu, the election procedure continued in most of the provinces of Kenya and ended peacefully. However, pressure was high in the western town of Kisumu and the Kibera slum area of the capital, Nairobi, both bastions of support for opposition leader Raila Odinga. One death from a gunshot wound was confirmed by hospital officials in Kisumu, where police used tear gas and water cannons on opposition supporters and roads remained barricaded. Four other people were admitted with bullet wounds and 19 more are being treated after being beaten by police, the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital said. In Kibera, were the main opposition stranglehold in the city of Nairobi, protesters ass...
Kenya’s Supreme court fails to rule on elections poll petition

Kenya’s Supreme court fails to rule on elections poll petition

INTERNATIONAL, KENYA
Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya's controversial presidential election is set to happen as planned on Thursday 26th October after the Supreme Court proved unable to rule on a challenge because the panel of judges showed up for a session on Wednesday was not enough. Chief Justice David Maraga has announced that the hearing on an emergency challenge to the vote could not proceed because only two Supreme Court justices were available. The Supreme Court cancelled the August 8 election following accusations of irregularities by the opposition, paving the way for a new vote scheduled Thursday 26th October 2017. Activists filed a petition on Tuesday alleging that Kenya's electoral commission was not in a position to conduct a free and fair election. The petition alleged a majority of voters w...
Statement by Ambassadors and High Commissioners in advance of Kenya’s new presidential election

Statement by Ambassadors and High Commissioners in advance of Kenya’s new presidential election

EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA
NAIROBI, Kenya. As friends, we want Kenya to succeed. We share with Kenyans their desire for a peaceful, prosperous, democratic, and well-governed country, where everyone can build a better life for themselves and their families. Indeed, we know Kenyans have fought for these things with great courage, as we were reminded powerfully on Mashujaa Day. All the nations that we represent have had their struggles in building democracy. Kenya is one of the international family of democracies. Holding a successful new presidential election, as ordered by the Supreme Court on September 1, will help Kenya achieve these goals. Unfortunately, the deteriorating political environment is undermining preparations for the new presidential election. Inflammatory rhetoric, attacks on ins...
Kenyan election official Roselyn quits

Kenyan election official Roselyn quits

INTERNATIONAL, KENYA
New York, USA.Kenya's top election official Roselyn Akombe quit the commission on Wednesday in New York, following a statement accusing her colleagues of political bias, sitting the upcoming presidential election could not be credible. Divisions in the commission burst into the open days later when a letter was leaked from the panel's chairman to its CEO questioning a host of failings in the conduct of the August 8 poll. Ms Akombe said that she had questioned her role at the commission for many months, but had "soldiered on". "Sometimes, you walk away, especially when potentially lives are at stake. The commission has become a party to the current crisis. The commission is under siege," she wrote. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta did not mention the resignation in a brief addres