Kenya Election Re-Run Ends Incomplete, Nobody Knows What’s Next
Confusion, political impasse, stalemate.
Those are the words that describe Kenya’s re-run presidential election and its current political landscape.
On Saturday, authorities indefinitely delayed further attempts to hold the vote in some opposition areas due to the risk of violence.
But while the election board’s decision could go a long way to prevent more clashes, it also pushed to the fore a new question: Can President Uhuru Kenyatta be declared winner of a vote in which ballots were not cast in more than 20 of Kenya’s 290 constituencies?
Two days after polling in the rest of the country, voting had been due to take place in four counties where residents blocked roads and clashed with police as part of an opposition boycott. The board ditched the plan late on Friday.
“I‘m happy because we need peace, we are tired of being brutally killed by the police,” said Henry Kahango, a father of three, in the western city of Kisumu.
Police officials have said repeatedly that their response to the political unrest is proportionate.
Kenyatta has won more than 97% of votes counted so far, according to a local media tally. But with turnout estimated below 35% and the country deeply divided, his hopes for a decisive mandate to lead one of east Africa’s richest economy have been quashed.
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