- Title: Kenyatta maintains strong lead in Kenya vote - election commission
- Date: 9th August 2017
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Swahili) BUSINESSWOMAN, MARGARET KABOGO SAYING: "I have really been following how things have been going and it looks good. We as Kenyans are saying that whoever wins, is who we shall follow because it is God that bestows leadership." (SOUNDBITE) (Swahili) BUSINESSMAN, HILARY ADUVAGA, SAYING: "We have held an election and we have been following the results very carefully on the television and the radio and we can see... anyone who refuses to accept defeat should not take part in a race. So we are thankful for what the IEBC (electoral commission) has released so far." (SOUNDBITE) (English) WELLNESS THERAPIST, CHARLES MWAURA, SAYING: "In fact even now if you look at Nairobi city right now, there are no people. People were voting yesterday as they were going home, because there is that fear of an outbreak of the things that happened back then. So all I'll urge Kenyans to do is to remain peaceful and calm and you know Kenya, we do not have any other home, this is our home. Even if we fight and do what, we are the ones who will suffer at the end of it all, yes." PEOPLE WALKING ALONG STREET HALF EMPTY STREET
- Embargoed: 23rd August 2017 07:35
- Keywords: Kenyan elections reactions results newspaper headlines President Uhuru Kenyatta
- Location: NAIROBI, KENYA
- City: NAIROBI, KENYA
- Country: Kenya
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0036TFP8W7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Kenya's capital Nairobi got off to a slow start on Wednesday (August 9) morning after a vote that has seen incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta maintaining a strong lead in the election count.
Streets in the capital were quiet due to fears of post-election violence.
The electoral commission website showed Kenyatta with 54.8 percent of the vote against 44.3 percent for opposition leader Raila Odinga, a margin of nearly 1.4 million votes.
Odinga rejected early results as "fictitious" and "fake", lashing out in a late night news conference saying his party's own tally put him in the lead.
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