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The Latest: Kenyans Line up at Sunrise to Vote

Monday, 07 August 2017 11:43 PM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on Kenya's elections (all times local):

6:30 a.m.

Early voters went to the polls across the country at sunrise. Election officials say the polls will close at 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. Eastern Time, 21:00GMT) Vote counting will start immediately and results are expected within 24 to 48 hours, although authorities have up to a week to deliver official, final results.

6:15 a.m.

Kenyans are voting in an election that pits President Uhuru Kenyatta against challenger Raila Odinga in an East African economic hub known as much for its relative, long-term stability as the ethnic allegiances that shadow its democracy.

A key concern after polls opened Tuesday was whether Kenya would echo its 2013 election, a mostly peaceful affair despite opposition allegations of vote-tampering, or the 2007 election, which led to violence fueled by ethnic divisions that killed more than 1,000 people.

Reaction to the result could partly depend on the performance of Kenya's electoral commission, which will collect vote counts from more than 40,000 polling stations. Kenya has nearly 20 million registered voters.

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is among thousands of observers who are monitoring the election.

AP writer Chris Torchia in Nairobi, Kenya contributed to this series.

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The Latest on Kenya's elections (all times local):6:30 a.m.Early voters went to the polls across the country at sunrise. Election officials say the polls will close at 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. Eastern Time, 21:00GMT) Vote counting will start immediately and results are...
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