NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on Kenya’s elections (all times local):
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has voted in his birthplace of Gatundu, north of Nairobi.
Kenyans on Tuesday started voting in a fiercely contested election that pits Kenyatta against challenger Raila Odinga. This East Africa economic hub is known known for its relative, long-term stability as well as vying ethnic allegiances that shadow its democracy.
“I feel good. I feel positive because we ran a positive campaign,” Kenyatta said after casting his vote. He urged Kenyans to vote peacefully and go home to await the results. He was accompanied by his wife, Margaret, his mother and two of his three children.
“Peace. Peace. Peace,” said Kenyatta, who seeks a second and final term in office. “I say peace because Kenya was here before and it will be here after today.”
Raila Odinga, the main opposition challenger in Kenya’s tightly-contested election, has voted.
Odinga, 72, voted in the poor area of Kibera, an opposition stronghold in the capital, Nairobi, and was surrounded by well-wishers. He urged supporters to gather on Wednesday in a downtown park for what he predicted would be a celebration.
“Uhuru must go,” chanted some in the crowd, referring to President Uhuru Kenyatta, who seeks a second term in office.
A Kenyan legislator who supports Raila Odinga, the main opposition leader running for president, says he is worried about some flaws in the voting process in Kenya’s hotly contested elections.
Kenyan are voting Tuesday in the elections pitting Odinga against President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We hope the counting process will be as good as the voting and the results will reflect the true winner,” said Ken Okoth, legislator for the Kibera constituency in Nairobi.
“There is concern over voter registration where people who corrected mistakes of their details cannot find their names on the list. I estimate between 500 and 1,000 people are affected by this,” he said.
Okoth called for vigilance, saying it brings credibility to the elections.
An international election observer says Kenyans are voting with enthusiasm and that the process is going well.
John Mahama, chief election observer for the Commonwealth and former president of Ghana, said early Tuesday that he is impressed by the voter turnout.
“There have been no incidents so far,” Mahama said. “Voting seems to be going smoothly and I think it is a good sign for Kenyan democracy.”
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