Vote counting is underway in Kenya following general and local government elections on 27 December. Preliminary results show that a number of government ministers including vice president Moody Awori have lost their parliamentary seats, but the presidential race between incumbent Mwai Kibaki of the Party of National Unity and his former cabinet minister turned rival Raina Odinga of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is still too close to call. Final results are expected on 29 December.
Roughly 70 per cent of the 14.2 million eligible voters are believed to have cast their ballot in mostly peaceful elections in 210 constituencies across the country. Kenya has a total population of 37 million.
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