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Kenya: Ten rigging risks in poll register, others grab headlines

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Ten rigging risks in poll register, Rowdy crows disrupts both President and opposition leader rallies, and regions that hold key to poll victory, grabbed the attention of major Kenyan dailies on Thursday.“Rowdy crowds disrupt Uhuru, Raila events,” reported the Star newspaper which pointed out that President Uhuru Kenyatta hurriedly left Kisumu yesterday as NASA supporters shouted and threw stones.

“In Kabarnet, hostile Jubilee crowds forced NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga to abandon his rally. It was the first time the rival presidential candidates faced such open belligerence since campaigns began. They ventured into each other’s bastions, with 26 days to the August 8 General Election,” reported the daily.

“Exposed: Ten rigging risks in poll register,” reported the Standard newspaper which pointed out that at least 10 security loopholes that could be exploited to manipulate the August 8 General Election have been exposed in an audit report of the country’s voter register.

“The voter roll lacks mandatory security features and could therefore be easily hacked into and data of the 19.6 million registered voters deleted, added or amended, according to the audit report by KPMG,” reported the daily.

“Regions that hold key to poll victory,” reported the Daily Nation which pointed out that the Jubilee Party and opposition’s National Super Alliance have held more rallies in five regions than in any other part of the country, convinced the areas could hold the key to a victory in the August 8 General Election.

“The Coast, former Western province, Narok and Kajiado counties, Kisii and Baringo have emerged as the areas where the election could be lost or won if the frequency with which both political sides have held rallies there is anything to go by,” reported the daily.

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