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Africa Report: Kenya's poll results out on Friday

EWN's African Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish looks at today's top African stories.

A Kenyan flag. Picture: AFP
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NAIROBI – Kenya’s election results are expected on Friday

On Wednesday, the Kenyan electoral commission, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), said that the final results of Monday’s presidential election are expected to be ready for release on Friday.

Kenyans grew increasingly frustrated when the announcement was made that the public vote tallies stopped close to 48 hours after the polls had closed.

The breakdown of the electronic vote system has meant that less than half of preliminary results were released.

Festus Mogae, the former president of Botswana and current head of the Commonwealth Observer Group, has said he does not believe that it is strange that the electronic system has failed and that the IEBC has had to resort to counting votes manually.

However, it appears that the IEBC’s determination to do an efficient job is endangering the country. Delays in elections are always dangerous but there are fears that this delay will only aggravate Kenya’s record of violence.
 
It is not yet known if the recount of ballots will affect the preliminary results which see Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta ten points ahead of rival Raila Odinga.

PRETORIA – The twenty men suspected of leading an attempted coup plot in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been labelled a "threat" to South Africa as well.

The twenty men face a tough fight for bail after being labelled a danger to both South Africa and the DRC.

Wednesday saw the State oppose bail in the Pretoria Regional Court, claiming the accused were serious threats to both African nations.

The trial is unfolding much like a movie script. Nicolas Cage’s Lord of War character, arms dealer Viktor Bout, was referenced in the trial. The prosecution said that the accused had access to the convicted arms dealer’s African cache.

All the evidence presented to the court has been collated by the Directorate for Priority Crimes, the Hawks, which recorded the alleged plotters' meetings from September 2012 to February 2013.

The matter has been postponed until 15 March 2013.

The suspects were arrested in Limpopo last month.

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