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Tension mounts amid ballot controversy in Kenya vote

Thursday, March 07, 2013 - 01:19

March 7 - Anxiety builds in Kenya as the electoral commission says results from the country's presidential election will still be credible despite claims that ballot counting lacks integrity. Sarah Sheffer reports.

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Some in Kenya are crying foul as election results come in, showing Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta in the lead. Raila Odinga is trailing in second, three days after polls closed. His running mate said on Thursday the ballot count lacked integrity and should stop. (SOUNDBITE)(English) CORD ALLIANCE RUNNING MATE, KALONZO MUSYOKA, SAYING: "There has been a total failure of the electronic vote transmission system and we have evidence that the results we are receiving have actually been doctored. In some cases, total votes cast exceed the number of registered voters." But he said his comments were not a call for protests. In the coastal city of Mombasa, anticipation builds as people fear a repeat of the violence that plagued the 2007 elections. (SOUNDBITE) (SWAHILI) MOMBASA RESIDENT, RONALD YATIKA, SAYING: "Mombasa is tense because when people remember what has happened in the past, the people are afraid. Some shops are closed, only a few are open, others have gone upcountry because they fear for their lives." At least 17 people were killed in Mombasa when polls opened last Monday. If neither major candidate wins 50 percent of the vote Kenyatta and Odinga would have to face each other in an April run-off. A final count is due on Friday.

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Tension mounts amid ballot controversy in Kenya vote

Thursday, March 07, 2013 - 01:19