Preliminary results from Kenya’s presidential election showed a tight race between the two main candidates vying to replace outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The winning candidate must get 50% plus one vote.
The process is partly the result of a Supreme Court ruling in 2017 that overturned the initial re-election of Kenyatta in August that year, citing the commission’s failure to follow the process to the letter.
Several factors were blamed for the disappointing turnout including drought in the north and voter frustration with the government’s failure to tackle economic problems such as rising food and fuel prices.
Reporting by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Katharine Houreld, Robert Birsel