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“Remember this as the day #GitheriMan singlehandedly kept the spirits of a nation up. Of course because his other hand was occupied.”

Ever since millions of Kenyans took to the polls on Aug. 8 to select their next president in a highly contested race, things have gotten … a little tense.

Ever since millions of Kenyans took to the polls on Aug. 8 to select their next president in a highly contested race, things have gotten ... a little tense.

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While voting day itself went along relatively smoothly, things began to escalate by Tuesday night when the preliminary results began to trickle in; they showed President Uhuru Kenyatta ahead of opposition leader Raila Odinga. The incumbent still holds that lead.

While voting day itself went along relatively smoothly, things began to escalate by Tuesday night when the preliminary results began to trickle in; they showed President Uhuru Kenyatta ahead of opposition leader Raila Odinga. The incumbent still holds that lead.

Odinga quickly announced that he rejected the preliminary results, and claimed that hackers had compromised the electoral commission’s database in order to skew the elections in Kenyatta’s favor. The commission has since said that their system had not been tampered with.

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But the skepticism over voter transparency was enough to spur protests in certain areas of the country, which have so far led to at least five deaths.

But the skepticism over voter transparency was enough to spur protests in certain areas of the country, which have so far led to at least five deaths.

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