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Presidential Election

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Presidential Election

Well the polls have opened, peacefully so far, the opposition has asked it's supporters to boycott the poll and that is what they seem to be doing. In the opposition areas they seem to doing just that whilst not attempting to stop anyone else from voting, in those areas the polling stations are deserted, in some places the polling stations haven't even opened. In Jubilee (Government) areas there are queues to vote but the numbers seem to be well down as well, one official blamed the fact that it was raining last night.

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1. Re: Presidential Election

Thanks fior the detailed update! We all hope the process will continue without violence! Regards Stef

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Still peaceful in most places, lots of empty or closed polling stations in opposition areas.

There is a standoff in Kisumu where locals blocked the roads to prevent election materials being removed from the area, the police engaged them with tear gas and now the police are blocking the roads into the Central Business District (CBD) and the only vehicles they are allowing in and out are ambulances.

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Running battles in Kibera, one of the main seat of problems back in 2008. 90% of polling stations are open, but turnout generally low so far.

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Thank you for the updates, and much appreciated. Certainly helps some of us who have post election visits planned.

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One of those battles in Kibera is a standoff between more than 100 police and local 'youth' (as they refer to them here, which generally means men under 40) who are preventing the delivery of voting materials (7 buses worth) to polling stations. Tear gas is being fired.

The standoff continues in Kisumu, apparently police are showing restraint.

In the big Mombasa slum known as Bangladesh, the locals have decided there will be no election and are gathered at the entrance roads but the police have apparently left having been convinced it is a unanimous decision and even if they managed to get the voting materials in, there would be no-one who wanted to vote and no-one to man the polling stations

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Over halfway through voting day and apart from the couple of standoffs in entirely predictable places mentioned already, all seems pretty calm and peaceful. Looks like a very low turnout, seems in addition to the opposition supporters boycotting the election lots of other Kenyans haven't voted this time.

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Hi. Thanks a lot for your very helpful updates.

My son is leaving for Kenia tomorrow (Friday) evening, with some friends. They have a week's holiday planned in Tanzania (Moshi) and need to catch a connecting flight from Nairobi Kennyatta airport. Time lapse between arrival and departure in Nairobi is 10 hours. They will not leave the airport but stay in transit. How safe do you think that is?

Kind regards

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The airport is the safest place in the country. They have little to worry about there.

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I'm glad to hear that. You just made my day :^)

Take care!

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10. Re: Presidential Election

Thank you so much, to all of you for the live update! It really helps to the people which will travel to Kenya during the election period! Any idea by when the results will be announced? Is it still as planned - about 6-7 day from now on? Greetings Stef

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