By Sandra Birungi
As early as 3am, voters started flocking their respective polling stations to to cast their vote in favor of their candidate. Today, Monday March 4th marks the beginning of the Kenya presidential elections 2013 amidst speculation of a recap of the 2007 post election violence. So far, ten people, including five police officers have been said to have been killed in Mombasa.
At 3am, some voters started turning up for voting. However, voting kicked off at 6am. By the time voting kicked off, long lines comprised of several polling stations in the country.
There is heavy security deployment with police guards and game rangers called to offer help during the elections.
At 6:45, presidential candidate, Martha Karua cast her vote and tweeted, “Done disappointed the biometric identification kits is not working in whole of Gichugu #KenyaDecides”.
8:52: Raila Odinga casts vote during the Kenya presidential elections. Odinga is one of the presidential candidates vying to replace Kibaki in the presidential seat. He is battling it out with Uhuru Kenyatta who is his greatest opponent in the elections.
10:00am – Election process is slow. Voters are complaining of individuals taking long while voting. Voters are supposed to fill out six separate ballots, from president down to county ward representative and a new county post reserved for women.
11:13 – Presidential candidate, Uhuru Kenyatta arrives in Gandutu to cast his vote. He is accompanied by his mother and wife. Kenyatta first saw off the body of Uganda first Deputy Prime Minister, Eriya Kategaya before casting his vote.
12:00pm – Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi of the Amani Coalition voted at the Moses Mudavadi Primary School in Sabatia constituency
12:20pm – President Mwai Kibaki casts his vote in Nyeri County.
Voting ended in the country late at around 6pm due to the large numbers of people who turned up for the voting process.
Vote counting started at around 7pm and by 11:00pm, Uhuru Kenyatta was leading the polls closely followed by Odinga.
7:00am – Vote counting in Kenya continues. Kenyatta still taking the lead with a 54% lead over Odinga’s 41%.
9:00am – Kenyatta reaches a 2 million mark with 2,017,865 votes followed by Odinga who has 1,526,415 votes and Musalia Mudavadi who has 107,379 votes.
10:00am – Odinga wins the elections in Uganda with 428 votes as opposed to the 386 of Kenyatta. Odinga supporters are ecstatic over the win.
11:00am – Kenyatta is still at the lead in Kenya now with 55% of the votes, 2,249,301 votes.
11:30am – 11,600 polling station have submitted in their results. Uhuru Kenyatta is still in the lead with 2,352,021
Keep checking for more details.