All Was Well!

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European Union Election Observers follows ballot-counting at a constituency tallying station in Nakuru, 140 kilometers northwest of Kenya capital, Nairobi on March 7, 2013, four days after polls characterized by record 84 per cent turnout. On Saturday, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the country’s poll body declared Jubilee Coalition’s Uhuru Kenyatta winner with 50.07 per cent. Despite the delays and technical glitches, international observers have broadly said the vote and count were transparent. However, Coalition for Reforms and Democracy Presidential candidate Raila Odinga has accused IEBC of permitting vote rigging and pledge to use judiciary rather than calling for action on the streets allays fears of post-election violence as the east African economic giant is still scarred by memories of the 2007 post-election violence in which over 1,200 people were killed and thousands displaced in the inter-tribal violence following a disputed poll five years ago.

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