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As Kenya voted, the East Africa region watched in awe, desperation

The East African region has been watching Kenya’s recent elections unfold. In Uganda, the election evoked recollections of last year’s election, which were characterised by violence meted out on opposition politicians. In South Sudan, one of the countries where Kenyans in the diaspora voted, its citizens wondered when their country will hold its first election. Meanwhile, many Tanzanians praised the maturity of Kenya’s democracy.

Kenyans went to the polls on Tuesday 9 August in an election that pits veteran opposition politician Raila Odinga against deputy president William Ruto. The election is being watched across the world, but much more in Kenya’s neighbouring countries. The campaigns were largely peaceful, except for a few incidents, and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) provided polling stations results forms on its public portal early for each camp to start computing its scores.

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