This Tuesday, August 9 is a vital day for Kenya. Greater than 22 million voters are going to the polls to elect a successor to Uhuru Kenyatta who has been the nation’s president since 2013.
Polling stations opened early, at 6 a.m. native time and can shut round 5 p.m. 4 candidates are within the operating however it’s primarily between Raila Odinga, candidate for the fifth time and supported by Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice-President William Ruto that the battle appears to be performed out.
The nation of 56 million inhabitants expects rather a lot from this election in a context of financial and social disaster. The dearth of jobs is on the middle of those elections, notably for younger individuals who symbolize greater than three quarters of the Kenyan inhabitants and whose unemployment has doubled within the final 5 years.
Moreover the presidential election, voters should elect their deputies, senators, county governors and members of county assemblies. A complete of six ballots should be positioned within the poll field.
The Kenya Electoral Fee is underneath stress to ensure elections with out irregularities or lethal violence. In a rustic marked by a post-election disaster in 2007-2008 the place 1,100 had misplaced their lives.
To win, a candidate should obtain 50% of the votes plus one vote, in addition to 25% of the votes in half of the 47 counties. If these circumstances aren’t met, a second spherical should be organized inside 30 days.
The outcomes should then be introduced inside seven days of the election.