PEACEFUL ELECTIONS BUT FEW TROUBLE SPOTS / PRISONERS VOTE FOR FIRST TIME EVER
IT’S A REMATCH FOR UHURU AND RAILA AS KENYANS GO TO THE POLLS
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his arch rival and NASA Coalition flag-bearer Raila Odinga have a date with destiny today as Kenyan go to the polls to weigh in whether to reward Kenyatta with a second five-year term or Kenyans will give Odinga, a 4-time unsuccessful presidential candidate, a go at the highest seat on the land. The Kenyan General Elections is a gigantic exercise with almost 15,000 candidates vying for less than 2000 seats in all levels of government, the highest being the presidential contest between Kenyatta and Odinga, sons of Kenyan founding fathers first President Jomo Kenyatta and first Vice President Jaramogi Oginga Odinga.
The election is the most expensive in Kenyan history costing almost Ksh 50 billion ($0.5 billion). To man the exercise, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), has hired more than 300,000 poll workers across the country. Security will be provided by more than 80,000 police officers, assigned in pairs per polling station. The election has mostly kicked-off peacefully and smoothly in many parts of the country but certain areas have reported confusion and disorganization and some polling stations have opened late.
The IEBC has posted on it’s Twitter account that it’s aware that some polling stations opened late and they have assured Kenyans that no voter will be disenfranchised.
We are aware that a few polling stations opened late. We are addressing these concerns. Will ensure that no single voter is disenfranchised
— IEBC (@IEBCKenya) August 8, 2017
In a historic event, prisoners have been allowed to vote for the first time in Kenyan history and more than 5000 registered to vote across the country. At King’ong’o prison in Nyeri, one of the largest prisons in the Kenya, 177 prisoners registered to vote. One prisoner interviewed said he cherished the opportunity to participate in the exercise and felt honored to be allowed to participate in deciding the destiny of the country.
The candidates will be fighting for almost 20 million votes across the country. The youth are expected to be a major factor in deciding the winner as they for 51 percent of the vote.
CoolSimba urges Kenyans to vote peacefully and set an example for Africa. View the livestream from KTN embedded below.