Kenya Begins Counting Votes

Sarah Elliott

A Kenyan votes in the slum of Kibera on March 4th, 2013. This is Kenya's first presidential vote since 2007 where more than 1,200 people were killed.

Kenyans eager to vote in the nation’s general election endured more than six hours in line in some areas on Monday—and kept voting stations open past the official closing time. Counting got under way Monday night, and an elections official estimated a 70 percent turnout of the country’s 14 million registered voters. The manpower of 99,000 police officers kept Kenya from seeing the extreme violence of the 2007 election; still, at least 19 people were violently killed right as polls opened this morning in the coastal city of Mombasa.