Out of 22 Millions of registered Kenyan voters who were expected to participate in yesterday’s general election, only 12 Million turned out to exercise the constitutional mandate of electing their choice of leaders for various elective seats.
All the 46,000 polling stations across Kenya closed at around 6pm on Tuesday, 9th August, having given the 22,120,458 registered voters a chance to participate in the 2022 General Election.
Voting went on smoothly in most parts of the country except for a few incidents where Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS) kits were reported not to be working or failed to identify voters. In such cases, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) resolved to use Manual Register to identify the voter.
In Rongai, and Kitui Rural constituencies’ electorates were treated to a crude shock after learning that voting for the MP position had been suspended.
Kenyans went to the ballot to vote for six positions with a keen eye being on the presidential race. This is because President Uhuru Kenyatta is retiring having served his maximum of two five-year terms as per the constitution.
The two horses battling for state house seat, Raila and Ruto are on neck to neck competition with Ruto leading with a small margin.
Uhuru’s rival-turned-ally, Raila Odinga; his friend-turned-foe, William Ruto; The Roots Party candidate George Luchiri Wajackoyah and The Agano Party’s David Waihiga Mwaure are contesting for presidency.
In the gubernatorial races, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) suspended elections in Kakamega and Mombasa errors on ballot papers.
On Monday, 8 August, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati announced that elections for the posts, and those for two MPs in West Pokot county will be held at a later date to be announced via gazette notice.
Chebukati added that Greek printer, Inform Lykos (Hellas) SA, acknowledged and took responsibility for the errors and will cover the costs of reprinting.
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