Kenyans are headed to the polls on Tuesday to elect the President and deputy, senators and governors amid heavy security deployment in
almost all corners of the country.
There are 19.6 million registered voters in the East Africa’s biggest economy, in which 53 percent are male and 47 percent women.
The turn-up in the last election of 2013 was the highest ever recorded at 86 percent.
A presidential candidate is expected to get 50 percent plus 1 vote and at least 25 percent in each of the 24 counties needed to be declared
4,883 polling stations opened for the exercise at 6:00 am and each is supposed is to be having six ballot boxes for the president and deputy, Members of Parliament both for the Senate and National Assembly, county governors and ward representatives.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission says it has deployed 362,858 polling officials to man the exercise.
51 percent of the voting population are youths between the age of 18 and 35.
The 2017 poll has been described as the most expensive as the country is spending KShs 49.9bn.
For the first time 5,528 prisoners are going to exercise their voting rights inside their detention centers.
Police have deployed 81,776 officers and each of the 4,883 stations shall have two armed security men and women.
For the presidency, it’s a tight race between the incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta standing on Jubilee ticket and joint opposition
National Super Alliance’s Raila Odinga.
Uhuru defeated Raila in 2013 with 6.2 million votes against the latter’s 5.3 million votes.