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'Spoiled' ballots could be critical as Kenya anxiously awaits election results

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Kenyans listen to a man speaking as residents of the Kibera slum in Nairobi discuss the incoming election results in the Kenyan capital on March 5.

By Jason Straziuso, Rodney Muhumuza, The Associated Press

A slow ballot count in Kenya's presidential election raised questions Tuesday about the election process, but it was the more than 325,000 "spoiled ballots" that emerged as a potentially bigger issue.

More than 325,000 ballots — a number that keeps rising — have been thrown out for not following election rules, raising criticism of the electoral commission's voter education efforts. Those spoiled ballots, as they are called in Kenya, could still play a huge role on the election math and whether a runoff is declared for the top two candidates. Continue reading.

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Kenyans watch the provisional results for the presidential candidates as they are announced on television, at a restaurant in downtown Nairobi, Kenya on March 5.

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Five years after more than 1,200 people were killed in election-related violence, Kenyans went to the polls in a nationwide election seen as the most important in the country's 50-year history since independence.

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