Kenyan elections due to close

There were isolated incidents reported to authorities, including voting stations that opened late and ballot papers not delivered to some areas.

Polling station officials count the ballots at a polling station in Archers Post, Samburu County, in Kenya on 8 August 2017. Picture: AFP

NAIROBI - With polls due to close in Kenya shortly, the country's electoral commission says voting has gone smoothly.

There were isolated incidents reported to authorities, including voting stations that opened late and ballot papers not delivered to some areas.

There were still long snaking queues outside voting stations in Nairobi, even though the countdown to the closing of the polls has started.

Electoral officials said all the people in queues would be allowed to vote - no one would be turned away, and while they said voting had proceeded in many of the 40,000 polling stations there have been reports that voting hadn't started in some areas.

This includes Garissa, the northwest town that's been targeted by Somali-militant group al-Shabaab.

The two leading presidential candidates, Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga voted in their respective areas earlier on Tuesday.

Kenyatta told journalists he would accept the outcome, even if he loses, and called on Odinga to do the same.