2022 Kenya elections: William Ruto and Raila Odinga in close race

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There’s growing anticipation that the much-awaited results of last week’s Kenya presidential election will be known in the coming hours.

The results of more than three-quarters of the 290 constituencies have been verified and published.

Deputy President William Ruto has a slight lead over ex-Prime Minister Raila Odinga – 51% against 48%, according to local media.

According to Kenyan law, the results must be announced by 16 August.

On Sunday, both Mr Odinga and Mr Ruto urged anxious Kenyans to be patient as they wait for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to determine which of them would be the country’s fifth president.

There have also been calls for peace from several leaders and bodies including the Catholic church which asked for “patience and civility” and urged the main candidates to show “restraint and statesmanship”.

Media organisations have been releasing provisional tallies using official data from the 46,000 polling stations. They also show a tight race. About 14 million votes were cast – a turnout of 65%.

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