LATEST: Heavy police presence in Kenya's capital

2017-08-11 12:00
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Nairobi - The Latest on Kenya's presidential election (all times local):

12:30 

Kenya's capital has a heavy police presence as residents await an announcement of the results of Tuesday's already disputed presidential election.

Hundreds of police in anti-riot gear are patrolling Nairobi's central business district and opposition strongholds.

Businesses have been closed in the central business district since the vote. Kenya's government is urging citizens to return to work and insisting the country is safe despite pockets of protest in recent days.

Opposition candidate Raila Odinga has claimed that vote results were manipulated in favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who holds a strong lead. The election commission says a hacking attempt failed.

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12:20

Kenya's government is urging citizens to return to work as they wait for results from the presidential election.

At least three people have died in protests this week over preliminary results showing President Uhuru Kenyatta leading with a significant margin.

Television and radio presenters are echoing messages from the Interior Ministry saying the country is safe despite pockets of protests.

Tension is high in the capital, Nairobi, after opposition leader Raila Odinga declared he won the election and that the provisional results were hacked. Businesses have been closed in Nairobi's central business district since Tuesday's vote.

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10:50 

Kenyans are expecting to hear the final results today of Tuesday's already disputed presidential election.

Opposition candidate Raila Odinga has claimed that the electoral commission database was hacked and results manipulated in favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

While Kenyatta holds a strong lead with almost all polling stations counted, supporters of Odinga say an unofficial tally shows he won.

Kenyan election officials say only they have the authority to declare the winner, and international election observers say they have seen no signs of interfering with the vote.

Violence broke out this week in some opposition strongholds in parts of the capital, Nairobi, and elsewhere. At least three people were killed amid clashes with police.

The election is a test of democracy in the East African economic power.

Read more on:    uhuru kenyatta  |  raila odinga  |  kenya  |  kenya 2017 elections  |  east africa

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