5 March 2013

Kenya: Uhuru Kenyatta Leads Presidential Race

Presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta projected to take an early lead in the on-going vote tallying. ( Resource: Early Kenyan Presidential Results Out )

With nearly half of the votes counted in the just ended peaceful Kenyan elections, Uhuru Kenyatta (of the Jubilee Coalition) and his running mate are in the lead in what key observers believe is a crucial transition period in Kenya's democratic dispensation.

According to provisional results being released by IEBC, Deputy Prime Minister of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta is currently leading the presidential race with 2,713,576, which represents 53% of total valid vote cast. He is directly followed by current Prime Minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga who has secured 2,129,107, 42% of total valid votes.

Meanwhile Raila Odinga's party, Coalition for Reforms and Democracy, has urged its supporters not to panic inspite of Kenyatta's lead.

Presidential candidate of the Eagle Party, Peter Kenneth has conceded defeat. He announced this on twitter, thanking all who believed and voted for him. He said in his tweet that "I thank those who believed & voted for me. I respect the will of Kenyans & give the next President of Kenya my best wishes. God bless Kenya"

Preliminary results by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission are expected on Wednesday. The chairman however advises in a television address that "Nobody should celebrate; nobody should complain." He added that "We therefore continue to appeal for patience from the public, the political parties, as well as the candidates."

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