Uhuru smells victory, stretches lead against Raila to 1,000,000

The incumbent President has maintained the lead since the results started trickling in moments past 5pm on Tuesday.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO: EAGLE

Kenyans went to the polls on Tuesday, August 8, braving the morning cold and heavy rains in some parts of the country.

Disregarding a few hitches here and there, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) proved many wrong by managing the voting process that many have termed a success, although it’s still the first night after polls. Pundits would say it’s still early days.

President Uhuru Kenyatta during a Jubilee rally at Jomvu Primary School in Mombasa County on July 16, 2017. /PSCU

Just moments after polling stations closed at 5pm on Tuesday, at least those whose time were not extended to compensate lost time, presidential vote started trickling in showing President Uhuru Kenyatta leading his Nasa counterpart Raila Odinga.

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The elephant in the room however is the ballooning numbers of rejected votes which is giving the other presidential candidates a run for their money. It’s a marathon by any standard.

Zipo.co.ke can report a whopping 247,051 invalid votes out of the total which is quite a sizeable chunk. It is believed, according to reports by the media, that a majority of those spoilt votes are as a result of ballots with double markings -one being a tick for the preferred candidate and a second one (an X) for the proponent.

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At midnight (Wednesday, August 9) Uhuru was maintaining the lead with a total of 5,447,235 votes cast in his favour against Raila’s 4,340,806.

Disputed votes stand at 1,938.

The above mentioned is 41.7% of total votes cast and the figures are pulled from the IEBC website which makes them final. The figures are tallied by the electoral body as received from constituents as ruled by both the High Court and its senior the appellate court.

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IEBC is focusing on the presidential race before it can move to the other elective posts, perhaps to quell the growing tension as a result of a high stakes poll.

At this pace, Kenya will be knowing her President for the next five years, in a few hours.