Long Lines of Voters Seen in Nairobi as Polls Open

StoryfulNewsPublished: August 8, 2017
Published: August 8, 2017

Long lines of voters were stretching through streets across Nairobi as polling stations opened for Kenya’s closely contested presidential and parliamentary elections on Tuesday, August 8. Many people waited through the night, with local reporters sharing images of impatient voters jumping fences as soon as the polling stations opened at 6 am. News website The Citizen reported that several people were injured in a stampede at one Nairobi polling station. President Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking a second and final term but faces stiff competition from an opposition coalition led by Raila Odinga. The closing week of the election campaign was marred by the murder of election official Chris Msando and claims of vote-rigging. This video is described as showing a line stretching from Nairobi’s St Dominic primary school to St Francis hospital, a distance of almost three kilometers (1.8 miles), according to Google Maps. Credit: Twitter/Kings Edwin via Storyful

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