>> Results from Kenya's presidential election re-run began to trickle in on Friday, and early estimates have the turnout at below 35%. A significant drop from the first election in August, when 80% of eligible voters took part. It appears nearly all the followers of opposition leader Raila Odinga heeded the veteran's call for a boycott.
And that deals a blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta's hopes for a decisive second term mandate. Raising questions over his ability to unite the East African Country. Whose deep ethnic divisions have been exposed during a chaotic election process stretched over the last three months.>>
Voting on Thursday was marred by skirmishes between police and opposition supporters.
Who prevented polling stations from opening in four pro-Odinga counties, forcing election officials to postpone voting until Saturday. In a Nairobi slum, protesters delayed polling stations opening. And clashes broke out with youths throwing stones and police firing tear gas for hours. Constituency returning officer Beatriz Moniz, says all stations eventually opened.
>> But we have also witnessed a lot of zero turnouts in those stations, a zero turnout of voters.>> Scenes like this had been feared since August's annulled election, which saw some 50 people killed in the aftermath. Odinga refused to take part in this second attempt over failings to replace election officials.
>> We ought to participate.>>
>> That hands a definite victory to Kenyatta. But the new vote is expected to face further legal challenges. Meaning it's possible the country will be ordered to hold yet another re-run.