The provisional results released by the Kenya Electoral Commission place outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta at the top of this high-risk election. The incumbent president is credited with 54.57% of the votes cast on almost all the polling stations. Its challenger, Raila Odinga, would get only 44.58%. The latter denounces massive fraud.
Will Kenya face a new wave of post-election violence following the presidential election that has already been contested?
The announcement of the provisional results favorable to Uhuru Kenyatta was immediately followed by demonstrations and riots in some cities of the country where the opponent’s supporters confront the police. Raila Odinga, the opposition leader does not recognize the announced results. Voices in the international community are calling for calm and the country is holding its breath so as not to relive events similar to the 2007 post-election violence in which about 1,000 people lost their lives and 600,000 people were killed. displaced.
Raila Odinga accuses the commission of disseminating false results and preventing its electoral agents from reproducing the “real” polling station reports.
Security forces have been massively deployed across the country. No less than 150,000 men were mobilized to secure the vote and prevent violence.