Kenyans await election results

Kenyans are awaiting results in their country’s presidential election, after millions cast their votes on Monday.

With about a third of polling stations reporting, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta held an early lead over his main rival, PM Raila Odinga.

The head of the electoral commission emphasised these were provisional figures and urged Kenyans to wait patiently for the final outcome.

In 2007, more than 1,000 people were killed in post-election violence.

Clashes broke out then after Mr Odinga claimed he had been cheated of victory by supporters of President Mwai Kibaki.

Violence has also marred the current election, with at least 19 people killed.

By early Tuesday, Mr Kenyatta of the Jubilee alliance had established a lead over Mr Odinga, who heads the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (Cord).

With 34.4% of polling stations reporting at 10:30 Nairobi time (07:30 GMT), the 51-year-old deputy prime minister had 2.19m votes, or 55%, while the 68-year-old prime minister had 1.65m, or 41%, said the website of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Analysts cautioned that early counting favoured Kenyatta strongholds.

The next nearest challenger was Musailia Mudavadi, of the Peace coalition, who trailed far behind with 113,955 votes, or 3%.

None of the other five candidates for the presidency had more than 1%.

The IEBC has warned that counting might not be completed until Wednesday.