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Kenyans On Twitter Think The Chaotic 2017 Elections Would Make For A Great Movie

After a series of dramatic events, Kenyans will head to the polls tomorrow for a revote.

Could this finally be the end to Kenya's two month-long election crisis? Many seem to be hoping so.

Kenyans will return to the polls tomorrow, October 26 to vote for their new president, following a number of major setbacks.


The results of the first election, which took place on August 8, were brought to the Supreme Court by opposition leader Raila Odinga, who accused the ruling party, lead by incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta, of election tampering. The court ruled to annul the election Though his efforts to scrap the results of the first election were successful, Odinga subsequently dropped out of the repeat race on October 10, claiming that the election committee still had not taken the proper measures to ensure a free and fair election.

Large demonstrations, held by Odinga supporters, took place in the capital and other major cities in the days after, leading the government to ban protests in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. Protests turned violent, and a reported 37 people were killed by police following the August election.

Last week, Roselyn Akombe, a senior elections officer, fled to New York in fear of her life. On Tuesday night, the driver of Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu was shot, but remains in stable condition, reports CNN. It is believed this may have been a political attack targeted at Mwilu.

It's undoubtedly been a lengthy and tumultuous election season for Kenyans. Folks have been watching the events unfold on a daily basis like an enjoyable TV melodrama—except this is real life, so is not at all enjoyable. Many are expressing relief in the fact that it might come to an end soon.





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