With polls in Kenya now closed and early results arriving, current Deputy President William Ruto, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate, appeared to be holding a slim lead over main rival Raila Odinga of the Azimio Coalition Political Party.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said late Tuesday that all polling stations had closed with the exception of a few locations, including parts of Nairobi where a delayed opening kept them open longer. About 80% of polling stations had transmitted results.
Ruto held 47.4% of the vote, with Odinga close behind at 46.5%. Two other candidates, David Mwaure Waihiga and George Wajackoyah, had together received 1% of the vote. Ruto was favored in much of the western part of Kenya, while Odinga was leading in the east and in the far northwest and southwest regions.
The elections in Kenya, where the political violence in past years cast its shadow, appeared to be largely peaceful. The Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K) said UDA rivals shot at MP candidate Jack Wamboka in Bungoma County, injuring four of his team members.
In a separate incident, MP Didmus Barasa of Kimilili stands accused of the shooting death of Brian Olunga, an aide to his DAP-K opponent Brian Khaemba. Kenyan media reported that Barasa was arrested after a brief manhunt.
Kenya has seen a rise in political violence across the year, with more than 1,060 such incidents, according to monitors with the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED).