KENYA DECIDES: Odinga Wins Diaspora Vote

Kenya's former Prime Minister and opposition leader Raila Odinga

Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga

As the wait continues for the Kenya Election and Borders Commission (IEBC) to announce official results, Kenyans living in the four neighbouring countries want Prime Minister Raila Odinga as the next President.

Voters from the country’s High Commissions in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi gave Odinga 1,224 votes against 951 for Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenyans are still waiting for the official results of the March 4 presidential election, with provisional results putting Kenyatta in the lead. With 40% of the polling stations counted, Uhuru Kenyatta is leading with 52% of the vote while Raila Odinga has 43%. However, results from Odinga’s strongholds, including the Coast Province, have not yet come in.

This year’s election was the very first in which voters outside Kenya took part.

Other candidates performed dismally with Peter Kenneth of Eagle Coalition clinching 78 votes, Musalia Mudavadi with 20 and Martha Karua managing only 31 votes. Kenneth and Karua have since conceded defeat even before the final results are announced.

James Ole Kiyapi and Abduba Dida garnered 7 and 6 votes respectively. Paul Muite of the Safina party came in last after managing to convince only one Kenyan that he can be the next president. An addition of these votes brings to 2,318 out of the 2,637 registered voters.

While announcing the results, IEBC chairperson Isaack Hassan said there was high voter turnout at 88.3%.

But in Kampala only 960 people registered to vote out of the more than 300,000 Kenyans officially known to reside in Uganda.

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