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Kenyatta extends lead on Odinga in final Kenya vote stages

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Kenya's presidential frontrunner Uhuru Kenyatta late Friday extended his lead to more than 1million votes on his closest rival Raila Odinga in final vote counting stages, official results showed.

Final tallies from Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries commission showed Kenyatta to be at 5.8 million votes, or 50.9 percent, with Odinga on 4.7 million votes or 42 percent of the ballots tallied in 266 out of 291 constituencies by 2000 GMT.

To win outright and avoid a second round, a candidate must win more than half of all votes cast, according to the constitution, as well as at least 25 percent of votes in more than half of all 47 counties.

With less than a fifth of constituencies left to report results, Kenyatta has broken the 50-percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff and maintained a clear lead over Prime Minister Odinga.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chief Ahmed Issack Hassan earlier said officials were working "around the clock" to tally the final results "as soon as possible."

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