Kenyans are selecting their subsequent president after an intense marketing campaign dominated by debates about residing prices, unemployment and corruption.
Outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta, having served the constitutionally restricted two phrases, is backing one-time foe Raila Odinga, 77, to succeed him.
His resolution adopted a falling out with Deputy President William Ruto, 55, who had anticipated to be endorsed.
Greater than 22 million Kenyans have registered to vote.
There are a number of different elections taking place on the identical time and a mix-up of poll papers in some areas for a few of these votes has once more raised questions in regards to the organisation of the final election.
Polls are open for 11 hours from 06:00 native time (03:00 GMT). Anybody nonetheless within the queue at closing time might be allowed to vote.
The outcomes of the final presidential election in 2017 have been annulled after the Supreme Courtroom dominated that the electoral fee had not adopted the regulation when it got here to the digital transmission of the vote tallies from the polling stations.
Judges dominated that “illegalities and irregularities” had taken place.
A re-run was gained by Mr Kenyatta, however boycotted by Mr Odinga – the primary opposition candidate on the time.
The chairman of the electoral fee, Wafula Chebukati, who was additionally answerable for the 2017 vote, has regularly tried to reassure Kenyans that his staff might be as much as the duty this time.
However Monday’s logistical issues have elevated the strain on him.
Baba v Hustler
This election appears to be like like it will likely be a decent race between frontrunners Mr Odinga and Mr Ruto.
Mr Odinga – a long-serving opposition chief, nicknamed Baba (“father”) by his supporters, is operating for president for a fifth time. Mr Ruto, who has tried to emphasize his reference to strange Kenyans by calling himself a “hustler”, might be taking his first stab on the presidency.
Two different candidates – David Mwaure and George Wajackoya – are additionally within the race.
Regardless of the marketing campaign being dominated by points, ethnic loyalty might also play a component in figuring out how individuals vote.
For the primary time within the multi-party period not one of the primary candidates are from the nation’s largest ethnic group – Kikuyu.
However understanding that these votes are very important, each have chosen Kikuyu operating mates.
Voting course of
To win the presidential race within the first spherical, a candidate wants:
Voters will even be selecting MPs and senators to go to the nationwide parliament, county governors and county meeting members, in addition to 47 girls’s representatives to sit down within the Nationwide Meeting.
On election day, voters may have their fingerprint scanned to verify their identification however a printed register may also be used if the machines fail.
Every voter will then be given colour-coded poll papers for every of the elections, which they’ll mark in a non-public sales space and drop within the related poll containers.
Counting will begin on the polling stations shortly after voting ends. Officers will then take a photograph of the ultimate tally and ship the picture to each the constituency and nationwide tallying centres.
To make sure transparency the media, political events and civil society teams have been urged to run their very own tallies utilizing closing outcomes declared on the greater than 40,000 polling stations.
However solely the electoral fee can declare the winner of the presidential election after verifying the bodily and digital varieties despatched to the nationwide tallying centre.
The primary presidential candidates have vowed to respect the results of the elections.
Daniel Elton, senior editor at Wahu Times, writes about politics and policy with a focus on climate advocacy. Daniel previously at the New Republic and, and Self. Daniel can be reached by email.