Kenyan General Election holds on Tuesday

Gloria Thomas

Over nineteen million registered voters are expected to cast their votes in Kenya’s presidential election on Tuesday.

The election is considered one of the tightest contests in the country in recent times.

Fifty thousand aspirants are vying for various elective positions sixteen of them seeking to be president of the East African nation whose gross domestic product, GDP, grew by three percent this year under President Uhuru Kenyatta who is also seeking re-election.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission says it has made adequate plans for successful and peaceful general election, calling on citizens to come out and exercise their civic rights.

Chairman of the commission Mr. Chebukati Wafula, who was appointed to the post by President Uhuru Kenyatta in January, says election materials have been sent to all counties across the country while other sensitive materials like ballot papers would be sent to the polling stations by midnight on Monday.

Mr. Wafula called on citizens yet to pick up their identity cards, a necessary requirement for anyone voting on Tuesday as thousands of the identity cards are yet to be collected in almost all counties to do so to enable them vote.

On the issue of polling clerks reported demonstration against non-payment of their entitlements, Mr. Chebukati Wafula says there are procedures for payment which would be concluded before polls open on Tuesday.

Another major complain is lack of 4G, network coverage, needed for transmitting results  in over eleven thousand poling units as only Nairobi and Mombasa are fully covered, Mr. Mafula explained that polling officials have been briefed on alternative means of transmitting their results to the collation centre.