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Headlines Of Kenyan Repeat Elections On International Media

Electoral body official handling ballot boxes during Kenya's repeat election. PHOTO: SIEGFRIED MODOLA | REUTERS
While Kenyans always complain that international media misrepresents the situation in the country, various outlets kept reporting and had staff on the ground during and after the repeat presidential election. They continued with their role of informing the world on the developments in East Africa's economic hub. Here are some headlines of major outlets across the globe.

What came out of Kenya's election rerun ?

When they urged the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission to go ahead with the scheduled October 26 presidential election rerun, the ruling Jubilee coalition probably expected that they would at least get the same number of voters to come out and vote for President Uhuru Kenyatta as did in the original August election.

Kenya election turnout at 33%, down from 80% in last vote

The 33% turnout was considerably lower than at the initial poll held in August, when almost 80% of the 19.6 million registered voters took part. Kenya's highest court nullified the first election -- won by incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta -- over irregularities raised by veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga, paving the way for this week's vote.

Turnout of 34.5 percent in Kenya vote re-run: election commission head

NAIROBI (Reuters) - An estimated 6.55 million Kenyans voted in Thursday's presidential election re-run, just 34.5 percent of registered voters, Wafula Chebukati, election commission chairman, said on Twitter. Turnout in the August vote that was later annulled by the courts was 80 percent.

Kenya Elections Marred by Clashes, Tear Gas and a Boycott

Kenyans cast ballots on Thursday in the second presidential election in nearly three months amid a boycott by the main opposition leader and clashes in some areas that turned deadly. Though the majority of the voting occurred peacefully, at least four people were killed, The Associated Press said.

Kenya election: less than half of those eligible thought to have voted

Early estimates suggest that less than half of Kenya's eligible voters cast their ballots in the country's controversial presidential election on Thursday, raising fears of fresh instability and potential violence. Votes were still being counted on Friday but the chairman of the country's election commission, Wafula Chebukati, tweeted overnight that 6.55m ballots had been cast - just 34.5% of registered voters.

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