- Title: Both parties pleased at end of tense Kenya presidential race
- Date: 8th August 2017
- Summary: KISERIAN, KENYA (AUGUST 8, 2017) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR POLLING STATION IN MAINLY MAASAI AREA PEOPLE QUEUING OUTSIDE POLLING STATION VARIOUS OF WOMAN CASTING BALLOT HANDS HOLDING VOTING PAPERS WOMAN IN MAASAI DRESS HOLDING VOTING PAPERS VARIOUS OF FEMALE MAASAI VOTERS VOTING CHAIRMAN OF NASA NATIONAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (NACACO) MUSALIA MUDAVADI AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIRMAN OF NASA NATIONAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MUSALIA MUDAVADI, SAYING: "We are very encouraged that Kenyans around the country have come out in large numbers, witnessing the long queues, in all parts of the country. NASA coalition is also largely impressed by the work of the IEBC (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) officers, officials of the IEBC including clerks have largely been up to the task in many areas." JUBILEE PARTY SECRETARY GENERA RAPHAEL TUJU AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) JUBILEE PARTY SECRETARY GENERA RAPHAEL TUJU SAYING: "The IEBC I think they really tried their best. There were several complaints that we had. We didn't go to the media to complain about them. We informed IEBC through the channels they gave us to report any problems." TUJU LEAVING GATUNDU, KENYA (AUGUST 8, 2017) (REUTERS) QUEUES OF VOTERS CHILD DRESSED IN KENYAN COLOURS VOTER FAMILY DRESSED IN KENYAN FLAG COLOURS OUTSIDE POLLING STATION WALKING AWAY NAIROBI, KENYA (AUGUST 8, 2017) (REUTERS) SECURITY CLOSING GATES OF POLLING STATION SECURITY CLOSING THE GATE SECURITY AT THE POLLING STATION GATE VARIOUS OF CLOSED BALLOT BOXES SIGN ON BALLOT BOX READING (English): "Farasi Lane Primary School" ELECTION OFFICIALS OPENING THE BALLOT BOX ELECTION OFFICIAL EMPTYING BALLOT BOX VARIOUS OF ELECTION OFFICIAL SHOWING BALLOT TO THE OTHER OFFICIALS VARIOUS OF OFFICIALS LOOKING AT THE BALLOTS PAPER ON DESK READING (English): 'PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION' MAN ROLLING UP ROPE OUTSIDE THE POLLING STATION
- Embargoed: 22nd August 2017 18:05
- Keywords: Kenyan elections polling stations poll closing vote counting Uhuru Kenyatta Raila Odinga
- Location: KISERIAN, GATUNDU AND NAIROBI, KENYA
- City: KISERIAN, GATUNDU AND NAIROBI, KENYA
- Country: Kenya
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0016TAS7RB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Kenyans across the country voted in large numbers in a tense general election on Tuesday (August 8) pitting President Uhuru Kenyatta, the businessman son of Kenya's founding president, against Raila Odinga, a former political prisoner and son of Kenya's first vice-president.
The rivals are facing each other for the second time, with opinion polls putting them neck-and-neck after two months of campaigning marked by fiery rhetoric but public speeches largely free of the ethnic hate that has sullied previous contests.
A win by Odinga would end the political dominance of the Kikuyu ethnic group, which has supplied three of Kenya's four presidents since independence from Britain in 1963.
The razor-thin polling has increased the chances of glitches - innocent or otherwise - giving grounds for the loser to complain about the result, as Odinga did in 2007 and in 2013, despite a high-tech electronic voting system.
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