Millions of Kenyans defied fears of violence, queuing in lines half-a-mile long to vote in crucial elections, despite reports at least 16 people were killed before polls opened.
Gangs armed with machetes, knives and bows and arrows carried out four separate attacks on voting centres close to the country’s Indian Ocean coast.
News of the raids, soon after midnight on Monday, did not deter millions of voters from leaving home well before dawn. Lines of people hundreds of feet long formed in the dark before the ballot’s official start at 6am.
Close to 100,000 soldiers, police officers, prison guards and reservists were stationed at 33,400 polling stations across the country, and patrolled potential flashpoints. There had been fears of a repeat of violence in 2007, which sparked six weeks of violence that left 1,100 people dead and 600,000 forcibly evicted from their homes.
Masaai women line up at dawn to vote in a general election. Picture: AP
The only significant eruptions of violence were the coast attacks, which police blamed on the secessionist Mombasa Republican Council.
Its members last week warned The Daily Telegraph that they were “prepared” violently to disrupt the elections.
Nine police officers and one wildlife warden drafted in to protect the were killed in Mombasa, Kenya’s second city, and close to the popular beach towns of Malindi and Kilifi. Two civilians and four gang members also died.
A spokesman for the MRC denied involvement. The group is campaigning for coastal Kenyans to boycott the vote and instead agitate for secession.
A dozen people contacted by The Daily Telegraph across Kenya said that the process was peaceful, but many reported problems with a new computerised voter identification system.
Peter Mwangi, whose grandmother died in a fire at a church started by supporters of rival politicians after the last election, said there was “no tension” at home in Kiambaa, 190 miles northwest of the capital, Nairobi.
“The only problem is that this thing is complicated,” he said. “People are taking long to vote, and the machines are causing problems. People don’t understand exactly what they are doing.”
This is Kenya’s most complicated, and expensive, general election at £170 million. The 14.4 million voters yesterday chose from 12,461 candidates for six elective positions, from president to local assemblymen.
Kennedy Omondi, 31, was the first voter into Polling Station No 6 at the Olympic Secondary School in Kibera, one of Nairobi’s largest shanty towns.
The thumbprint voter registration system failed to recognise him, despite millions of pounds spent on its development. Mr Omondi was eventually manually identified.
Within five minutes however he had marked all six ballot papers, slotted them into the clear plastic locked ballot boxes, and was ready to leave for work.
“Voting to me is the thing that makes all Kenyans equal,” he said. “Whether you are a rich man or a poor man, everyone has one vote. It is our right as Kenyans.”
Both leading presidential candidates, Raila Odinga, 68, the prime minister, and Uhuru Kenyatta, 51, the former finance minister, made eleventh-hour appeals to ensure their supporters voted.
A quick count at five polling stations in Nairobi estimated turnouts mostly above 85 per cent, which would be Kenya’s highest ever.
Counting began on Monday evening, and a result was expected on Tuesday or Wednesday. Despite peaceful voting, there were still concerns that any suggestion the final result was not fair could cause chaos.
Mr Odinga’s camp has accused government officers of illegally backing his rival. Mr Kenyatta himself faces charges at the International Criminal Court, which he denies, over his alleged role in the post-election violence in 2007 and 2008.
Christabel Anyona, who works for a health charity, said she was worried.
“I’m not confident that people have learned anything after the last election,” she said after waiting three hours to vote at Kilimani Primary School in a middle-class suburb of Nairobi.
- Four policemen butchered as Kenyans queue in tense vote – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Massive turn out as Kenyans vote in historic poll (nzweek.com)
- Kenyan elections marred by Mombasa violence (guardian.co.uk)
www.wnd.com – Cope Reynolds a gun store owner in Arizona has posted a sign out side of his business telling Obama voters to go away! He will not sell arms to them. He says that they have proven themselves to be irresponsible. He said he doesn’t care, “I’m a small business owner. … I don’t care who it makes mad.” The owner has received death threats. He said, “We’re able to wear our guns in Arizona and we wear one 24-7,” He said. “We train regularly.”
www.wnd.com – Reports from all around the country are stating that Obama won numerous precincts by 100% or more. In one Ohio precinct Obama won by a whopping 108%! What?! How is that even possible? Also, in many other precincts Romney received ZERO votes! What?! How is that possible? Read more by clicking on the wnd.com link above.
Obama Wins Election! What’s next for USA and The World?
President Obama has won the election and will remain in office. As a Christian and believer in God’s Word, I vote accordingly. I vote the will of God! I will not support a candidate who is pro-abortion, for gay marriage, supports the Muslim community and not Christianity, who does not support Israel and who apologizes to the rest of the World for America and what we stand for.
With that being said, “What is now in store for America and the rest of The World?”
If the President continues on the path that he began four years ago we are looking at Trillions of dollars more being added to our Federal deficit. Our country cannot handle this enormous debt. I believe that we are headed for an economic collapse.
The stock market opened this morning with the DOW down 360 points. Our country is Trillions of dollars in debt. We have no budget. The President has not been able to work with the Republicans in Congress. Will the “Bush” tax cuts expire at the end of the year? If they do, what does that mean for you and me? What does all of this mean for the rest of the economy? What does this mean for the rest of the World? After all, our economies are all tied together. Like dominoes we fall. The USA is headed for a major depression, much greater than “The Great Depression” of the 1930’s. What will happen when our economy collapses? Will there be rioting in our streets? Chaos and anarchy? Yes, I believe so. Food prices will soar, as well as gas, clothing, electricity, heating and cooling costs, medical care, everything. The World is definitely being setup for a World leader to take charge and save everyone. To proclaim that he can help restore the National economies.
I also think that the chance of a Nuclear war happening soon has just greatly increased. If Obama does not support Israel, then Israel will be forced to attack Iran. I think it will happen anyway, but now much sooner. Israel does not have much of a choice. It comes down to do or die. And after the Holocaust of WWII the Jewish people have vowed to never let that happen again. I don’t blame them one bit. In fact I fully support them. The Bible says that many nations will come against Israel to destroy her. I think this may occur very soon.
The current civil war in Syria continues to escalate daily. Damascus may be completely destroyed soon. Israel may also have to intervene in Syria as well. The Israelis have taken fire from Syrian troops in the Golan Heights. Palestinians have also joined Syrian rebels fighting against Assad’s regime. Turkey may also enter into the war soon. What better time for Iran and her allies to attack Israel.
God says that all of this will happen. He has never been wrong. All of Bible prophecy has come to pass. Why would it change now? This is a very exciting time to be alive if you are a Christian. If not then it can and will be a very horrifying time to be alive. Many people are being deceived and given great delusions. Everything is happening at an accelerated pace including Bible Prophecy!