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Summary

  1. President Kenyatta takes commanding lead in Kenya poll
  2. Opposition rejects results as 'fake'
  3. Popular Senegalese singer in jail over WhatsApp message
  4. Claims electoral system was 'hacked'
  5. Election commission promises to investigate allegations
  6. Protests break out in some opposition areas
  7. Zimbabwe's government approves $1bn university project
  8. Six Red Cross volunteers killed in CAR
  9. Rwandan leader won poll with '98.79% of vote'
  10. Ten football fans arrested over Senegal stampede
  11. South Africa's opposition pushes for parliament to be dissolved

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By Natasha Booty, Farouk Chothia and Damian Zane

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

A reminder of today's wise words:

A monkey doesn’t see its own behind."

A Swahili proverb sent by Stellah Karanja in Nairobi, Kenya

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And we leave you with this picture of a Kenyan man watching television news as he waits for the final results in the election:

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Photos of Kenya protests

Here are photos of protests in some opposition strongholds in Kenya after provisional results showed that President Uhuru Kenyatta was set to win disputed elections by a comfortable margin.

A protesting resident of Kibera slum pushes a tire sketched with the message "Justice Peace" on a road in Nairobi on August 9, 2017, during protests against Kenya"s national election results.
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Supporters of Kenya"s National Super Alliance (NASA) shout slogans as they set fire to barricades in Kisumu on August 9, 2017,
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Residents on balconies watch Police units as they patrol in Mathare slums to boost security amidst violent protests that have ensued as the final votes from Kenya"s general election are counted in Nairobi, Kenya, 09 August 2017
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Kenyan Administration Police officers are watched by residents as they patrol in the Mathare Slum of Nairobi on August 9, 2017
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Kerry in discussions with Kenya election officials

Kenya's electoral commission, the IEBC, is due to hold its latest press conference on the tallying process after Tuesday's election.

As everyone waits for it to start at the results centre a BBC colleague snapped this picture of former US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been observing the poll, chatting to IEBC chief executive Ezra Chiloba.

JOhn Kerry in a huddle
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Election observers have called for calm as the IEBC continues its work of announcing and checking the election results.

Twenty Kenyan governors 'lose jobs'

Some major upsets have been reported in elections for the post of governor in Kenya's 47 counties, as a private TV station tweets:

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On Tuesday, as well as voting for president, Kenyans also elected National Assembly members, senators, county governors and county representatives.

Stay calm, observers tell Kenyans

Violence in Nairobi
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There have been some isolated incidents of unrest as Mr Odinga's supporters took to the streets

Kenyans should remain calm as the electoral commission, the IEBC, continues it work, international election observers have said in a joint statement.

The statement - from the African Union and the European Union among others - called on political parties "to use the legally provided channels of dispute resolution in case of any dissatisfaction with the process", adding that police should "avoid excessive use of force".

It also said the IEBC should carry out the tallying process "with full integrity and transparency".

Earlier, opposition leader Raila Odinga said the preliminary results, showing a strong lead for President Uhuru Kenyatta, were incorrect after the IEBC's computer system had been hacked.

The IEBC is investigating the claims but is continuing to publish the forms showing the written returns from each polling station so that they can be compared with what is being announced on the commission's website.

Ivory Coast detainees escape from court

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Police in Ivory Coast are searching for 20 detainees who escaped from a court yesterday. The escapees attacked police officers and then fled from the central courthouse in the middle of the economic capital, Abidjan.

A police spokesperson said that officers responsible for security at the courthouse had been arrested, and the commanding officer relieved of his duties.

The incident follows attacks on several police stations in the country in recent weeks.

Kagame wins with '98.79% of vote'

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame has been confirmed as the winner of last week's election by the electoral commission, AFP news agency reports.

It adds that the commission increased Mr Kagame's share of the vote from 98.63%, the figure announced at the weekend, to 98.79%.

He faced two challengers, neither of who got more than one percent of the vote.

The president has been in power since 2000 and he has been criticised for human rights abuses.

Read more: Rwanda's Paul Kagame - visionary or tyrant?

Paul Kagame
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'No election-related killings' in Kenya

Caroline Karobia

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Kenya's government spokesman Eric Kiraithe has just phoned me and has denied that anyone has been killed in election-related skirmishes in the capital, Nairobi, and the western city of Kisumu.

Supporters of the opposition leader Raila Odinga, who leads The National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, shout slogans during a protest after Odinga announced that he rejects the provisional result of the presidential elections announced by the electoral body, in Mathare slums
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Opposition supporters have been protesting in Nairobi's Mathare slum

Odinga hacking claims spark protests

The BBC has put together a video of the protests which erupted in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu in western Kenya after presidential candidate Raila Odinga alleged that the electoral commission's IT system had been hacked to manipulate the election results.

Isaac Makwala to run individual 200m time trial

Isaac Makwala
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Botswana's federation pushed for the athlete to compete

Botswana's Isaac Makwala will run an individual time trial in an attempt to qualify for the 200m semi-finals at the World Championships in London.

Makwala, 30, missed the 200m heats and the 400m final as he was barred from competing for 48 hours while organisers tried to halt a norovirus outbreak.

He came out of quarantine at 13:00 GMT (14:00 BST) today, and his qualification race will be in London Stadium at 17:40 GMT.

The 200m semi-finals take place at 19:55.

The IAAF said it made the decision after having received a written request from the Botswanan federation for Makwala to compete.

AU gives thumbs up to Kenya poll

Kenya's electoral commission seems to have "discharged its responsibilities" in accordance with the law, the head of the African Union (AU) observer mission, Thabo Mbeki, has said.

Mr Mbeki, the former president of South Africa, added that Kenya's judiciary was "well-prepared" to deal with any disputes that may arise from the poll.

Opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has alleged that the commission's IT system was hacked, and the result manipulated to give victory to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The commission has promised to investigate the allegations.

The AU has tweeted Mr Mbeki's comments:

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Kenya elections: Live from the vote tallying centre

Kenya's opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has said that the electoral commission's IT system has been hacked to manipulate the election results in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The BBC's Anne Soy has been live at a tallying centre in Nairobi watching the final stages of the vote-counting process. You can skip forward to 1:16 to see her report.

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Kenya set to elect first female governor

Anthony Irungu

BBC Africa, Nairobi

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Former Devolution Minister Anne Waiguru represents the governing Jubilee party

As the uncertainty over Kenya’s presidential election results continue following claims by opposition leader Raila Odinga that the electoral body’s database was hacked, one woman is on her way to making history.

With more than 95% of results counted by Kenya's electoral commission, former cabinet minister Anne Waiguru is poised to become the first-ever elected woman governor in Kenya, in the central county of Kirinyaga.

She told me how it felt being on the cusp of such an achievement:

It's exciting! God vindicates. For those who don't believe, there is a God."

Her priorities are improving infrastructure, healthcare, and ensuring that farmers get a good return for their labour.

Ms Waiguru said running in an all-male field was a challenge:

I will not cheat you. It is so tough! No wonder women don't stand. I came very close to quitting.

For women, people get personal...they go to a place where I think they shouldn't go. They brought my children into it."

She also told me it affects other areas of a candidate's personal life:

You see the strain on the family, and financially it's unbelievable."

But ultimately Ms Waiguru says she believes the struggles have been worth it:

We've broken the ceiling. We hope our daughters will be brave enough to step out."

Ms Waiguru was at the centre of controversy in 2015 when she headed the Ministry of Devolution.

The ministry was accused of buying sex toys, over-priced condom dispensers, stationery, photocopiers and a piano and television for her office.

At the time, she said the allegation was not true.

Kenya elections: 'Two killed'

The police chief in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has confirmed that two people have been killed during a confrontation with police, AFP news agency reports.

The two attempted to "attack our officers with pangas [machetes] and that's when the officers opened fire on them", Japheth Koome was quoted as saying.

AFP reports that its photographer saw one of the victims, a young man who had a massive gunshot wound to the head.

The killings took place in Mathare, a poor neighbourhood in Nairobi. It is a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Kenyan police chase protestors in Mathare slum in Nairobi on August 9, 2017, a day after general elections.
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Police are seen chasing protesters in Mathare slum as tension builds over disputed elections

Kenya election: 'No final result tonight'

Kenya's electoral commission is advising people to ignore false claims circulating by text message that the results of the presidential poll will be published this evening:

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Kenya elections: 'One dead' in Nairobi protest

One person has been killed in a confrontation with Kenyan police in the opposition stronghold of Mathare in the capital, Nairobi,witnesses have told the BBC.

Live rounds were fired during the confrontation, the witnesses added.

AFP news agency quoted an unnamed police officer as saying that two people were killed

"They were part of a group that was protesting in the area and officers were sent to quell the chaos," the officer told AFP.

"We are told many of them were also thieves who took advantage and could not even obey the police," the officer added.

Opposition president candidate Raila Odinga sas that counting has been rigged to deny him victory in yesterday's election.

A supporter (L) of the opposition leader Raila Odinga who leads The National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, holds a burning stick next to a burning barricade during a protest after Odinga announced that he rejects the provisional result of the presidential election announced by the electoral body, in Mathare slums one of Odinga"s strongholds in Nairobi,
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Some opposition supporters have been protesting against early election results

Mugabe to be honoured with $1bn university

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe attends the burial of Brigadier General James Murozvi, who was granted national hero status by President Robert Mugabe, at the National Heroes Acre in Harare, on April 12, 2017
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Mr Mugabe is the world's oldest ruler

Zimbabwe's cash-strapped government plans to spend $1bn (£770m) on building a university to honour President Robert Mugabe, 93.

Construction would cost $800m, with $200m for an "endowment fund for research and innovation," Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo said at a press conference, Reuters news agency reports.

"There can be no better recognition of President Mugabe's commitment to education and his exemplary leadership," Mr Moyo added.

The cabinet approved the money for the Robert Gabriel Mugabe University to be built in Mazowe, north of the capital Harare, the state-owned Herald newspaper reported.

Mr Moyo has tweeted a statement, which says that Mr Mugabe and his wife Grace will be trustees of the university:

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Mr Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, and has been campaigning for re-election next year.

The opposition accuses him of being one of Africa's most repressive rulers, but his supporters say he is a revolutionary fighting to improve the lives of black people.

First-time candidate concedes in Kenya

Independent candidate Japhet Kavinga Kaluyu has bowed out of the race to be elected Kenya's president, telling reporters that "we concede our race to a person who is going to win".

"So far it looks like it is going to be [incumbent] Uhuru Kenyatta", he added.

Mr Kaluyu has picked up more than 12,000 votes according to Kenya's electoral commission, accounting for 0.8% of the overall share.

He thanked those "in every corner of the country" who supported his bid, and appealed for calm as protests broke out in some strongholds of Mr Kenyatta's main challenger, Raila Odinga.

"For the sake of peace, we want this process to end as quickly as possible," Mr Kaluyu added.

Japhet Kavinga Kaluyu
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Kenya election analysis: The view from Nairobi

Dickens Olewe

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Newspapers this morning in Kenya
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Allegations by Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga that the electoral system that was being used to transmit results was hacked and manipulated to ensure victory for President Uhuru Kenyatta is likely to heighten tension in the country.

Mr Odinga's decision to invoke the name of the murdered electoral commission IT head, Chris Msando, as he alleged that the election had been stolen will increase the concerns that people, mostly his supporters, have about the credibility of the election.

A group of Kenyan activists, who have been monitoring the elections, have also held a media briefing and presented documents they say are proof of the disparity between the results announced and those transmitted.

These allegations have put the electoral commission - the IEBC - on the spot.

All eyes are on its chairman, Wafula Chebukati, who only hours ago was being praised for overseeing a largely successful voting exercise.

As we reported earlier, the IEBC has since said it will investigate the allegations of hacking.

Now Mr Chebukati, like his predecessors, has the tough task of convincing anxious Kenyans that he is upholding his promise of delivering credible elections.

Kenyatta maintains commanding lead

An electoral Commission official counts ballots at a polling station in Nairobi on August 8, 2017
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Counting Kenya has been marred by allegations of rigging

With about 96% of provisional results in from Kenya's election, President Uhuru Kenyatta is in the lead with 54.36% of the vote, compared with the 44.76% of his main rival Raila Odinga.

That's according to results published by the electoral commission on its website.

Mr Odinga has rejected the result, saying the result has been rigged to give Mr Kenyatta victory.

Marking South Africa's Women's Day

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Watch us on Facebook as we mark South Africa's Women's Day with journalist Redi Thlabi and student campaigner Fasiha Hassan.

On the agenda are women's rights past and present, politics and the future of the rainbow nation.

Senegal singer in jail for 'insulting president'

A popular singer in Senegal is in jail awaiting trial after she shared an audio recording on WhatsApp in which she is alleged to have made disaparaging comments about President Macky Sall.

Amy Colle Dieng’s lawyer, Cire Cledor Ly, has confirmed to BBC Afrique that his client is being held in jail.

Ms Dieng, a well-known singer in the local Mbalax style, is said to have shared the content in a WhatsApp message group for supporters of Karim Wade, the son of former President Abdoulaye Wade, currently exiled in Qatar.

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Kenya election: 'Algorithm installed to rig result'

Alastair Leithead

BBC Africa correspondent

An election official from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) rests near sealed ballot boxes in the Jamuhuri High School tallying center in Nairobi, Kenya August 9, 2017.
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An election official rests near sealed ballot boxes at a tallying centre in the capital, Nairobi

The final results of Kenya's elections are still being confirmed. Raw polling station data published directly online puts incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta comfortably ahead in the race for the presidency, but these provisional results still have to be verified and Kenya's Human Rights Commission has said that analysis of electoral forms show some errors.

Opposition candidate Raila Odinga has alleged that the electoral commission computer system was hacked and an algorithm installed to rig the result. He provided computer logs as evidence:

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said it was investigating these allegations, but sought to reassure the public that a system was in place which would prove the veracity of the final result.

It's not yet known when that will be announced.

Moroccan blind teen vlogger seeks investors

TGBro YouTube channel
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A 16-year-old blind vlogger in Morocco, Mehdi Malakane says he puts "serious work" into his YouTube channel where he shares his novel ideas for items that can help other blind people.

He produces the videos alongside a friend who edits them, and says:

Without a computer I can do nothing in my life. The virtual world brings together seers and blind people, making it possible to communicate and create friendships and professional relationships."

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Among his concepts are a light detector which senses if a room is illuminated or not, so that blind users know when to turn the lights on.

With just over 5,300 followers so far, Medhi hopes to grow his YouTube presence and attract financial investors who can help make his ideas a reality.

He is also active in politics, serving as an MP in Morocco's Children's Parliament in the capital, Rabat.

In this role, he has created a cartoon for children in Morocco explaining their rights.

Medhi's YouTube page, TGBro (Tutorial & Gaming Brothers), can be found here.

Red Cross volunteers killed in CAR

Six Red Cross volunteers were killed in an attack on a health centre in south-east Central African Republic on 3 August, the aid organisation has said.

Civilians and medical staff may also have been killed, Reuters news agency reports, without giving further details.

Affiliate organisation the IFRC condemned the attack in a tweet:

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Photos of Kenya protests

Some dramatic photos have come in of riot police intervening to quell protests in the opposition stronghold of Mathare, a poor neighbourhood in the capital, Nairobi:

Anti riot policemen deploy after protesters set tyres on fire in Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya August 9, 201
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Anti riot policemen deploy after protesters set tyres on fire in Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya August 9, 2017.
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Anti riot policemen deploy to disperse protesters in Mathare, in Nairobi, Kenya August 9, 2017.
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Reuters has also filed photos of protests in Kisumu, an opposition stronghold in western Kenya:

A motorcycle rider drives past tyres set on fire by demonstrators supporting opposition leader Raila Odinga, after their political leader claimed "massive" fraud in this week"s elections, in Kisumu, Kenya August 9, 2017
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Kenyan police officers fire tear gas during clashes with supporters of the opposition leader Raila Odinga who protest at Kondele on August 9, 2017 in Kisumu,
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Riot policemen deploy after demonstrators supporting opposition leader Raila Odinga, burned tyres after their political leader claimed "massive" fraud in this week"s elections, in Kisumu, Kenya August 9, 201
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SA opposition in bid to dissolve parliament

Protesters march against South African president Jacob Zuma in Cape Town, South Africa 08 August 2017
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The opposition has been waging a long campaign to oust President Zuma

South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance says it will push for parliament to be dissolved and for early elections to be held.

The announcement comes a day after the scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma narrowly survived a no-confidence vote in parliament.

Mr Zuma is due to step down after general elections in 2019.

The DA has tweeted:

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Militant Islamists killed in Tunisia

BBC World Service

The Tunisian security forces say they've killed two suspected Islamist militants in an ambush in a mountainous area near the Algerian border.

One of those killed is said to have been a senior commander in a group known as Okba Bin Nafaa, which has links with al-Qaeda.

Last week, the UK government praised Tunisia for its work on improving security at its airports and holiday resorts.

In 2015 dozens of tourists were killed in jihadist attacks in Tunisia.

'Stand-off' in Kenyan opposition stronghold

A BBC reporter in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu in western Kenya has tweeted:

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Kenya election candidate: 'I'll trounce my son'

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A former assistant minister in Kenya is battling it out with her son for a parliamentary seat.

Beatrice Kones is the governing Jubilee party's candidate for Bomet East in western Kenya, while her son, Kevin Kipngetich Kalya Kones, is fighting the seat for the Chama Chas Mashinani (CCM) party.

Ms Kones told The Nation newspaper:

I will easily trounce my son and reclaim the seat I lost in 2013."

Ms Kones told The Star that she believed her rivals were using her son to undermine her politically:

It is unfortunate some of my political foes, led by Governor Rutto [of the CCM party], are using my son to fight me. It is because they sense danger. But I am not afraid of him and I know he will finally back down in my favor.”

However, her son is confident that his party's policies will lead him to triumph over his mother:

It is my belief that CCM stands for what we aspire for as a people. Look at its stand on devolution. That is what I stand for since my late father also did the same.”

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Kenya hacking allegations will be probed

Kenya's electoral commission says it will investigate allegations by the opposition that its IT system was hacked into and results were manipulated.

The commission has been tweeting live from its press conference in the capital, Nairobi:

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Kenyans urged to remain peaceful

Kenya's electoral commission has called on people to remain peaceful after the opposition rejected results as a sham.

It said in a tweet:

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'No riots' in Kenya

Kenya's Internal Security Minister Fred Matiangi has urged Kenyans to continue with their normal activities, saying no unrest has been reported following disputed elections.

A Kenyan newspaper has been tweeting his comments:

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Kenya social media warning

A BBC reporter in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has tweeted:

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Kenyatta gives thumbs up

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has not yet commented on opposition claims that the election has been rigged to give him victory.

The electoral commission is due to publish the final results of the polls later.

Mr Kenyatta has shared this picture on his Twitter account from yesterday, which probably captures his mood today as well:

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Photos of burning barricades in Kenya

Our reporter in Kisumu, Odeo Sirari, has sent these photos of car tyres set alight following protests in which police used tear gas. The fire has now been extinguished:

Kisumu disturbance
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Kisumu disturbance
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Kisumu disturbance
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'Some disturbances' reported in Kenya

Police have used tear gas to end disturbances in western Kenya, a BBC reporter tweets:

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Kenyan election official reacts

"All is well", that's how Kenya's electoral commission chief executive Ezra Chiloba reacted to the opposition's rejection of election results, reports Reuters news agency.

The commission is due to give a press briefing shortly. We'll bring you the details as they come in.

How Kenya's election day unfolded

While results of Kenya's general election are being disputed by opposition challenger Raila Odinga, here's a look back at the events of yesterday when voters up and down the country exercised their democratic right:

A quick look back at how Kenya's election day unfolded