Kenyans Stockpile Food Ahead Of Vote

Saul Bowman
August 9, 2017

All in all eight candidates are vying for the Presidency.

Emotions are high after a bad-tempered campaign marred by opposition claims of a plot to rig the vote, and counting is considered the most sensitive part of the process in a country with a history of post-poll violence.

Obama said he was disappointed with the campaign so far, which has been marked with a raid on the vice president's country estate, and reports of a rigged vote in favor of Kenyatta.

"Kenyans have become more mature in the way they vote". More than 1,000 people were killed in 2008 and 600,000 displaced from their homes.

His father, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, was Mr Kenyatta's vice president.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, 55, is seeking a second and final five-year term in office and faces stiff competition from an opposition coalition led by veteran politician Raila Odinga.

"Whether the queues at the polling stations are long or short, the technology works or not, the worldwide observers approve or disapprove, really for investors the only part of the election that matters is how the loser reacts to the declared results", said Hasnain Malik, global head of equities research at Exotix Capital.

The election is organized by Kenya's Independent Electoral And Boundaries Commission.

At the polling station in Kibera, Fatuma Rehan Juma, 58, had just finished voting.

He was schooled in East Germany under communism and has joined calls for land reforms that could drive white Kenyans out of the lands they own, especially in the north of the country, but has largely focused on insisting that if he loses it will be as a result of rigging.

There are over 19.5 million registered voters in the country.

Kenyan officials have deployed about 180,000 security officers nationwide to ensure safety. "That's not good for poor people like us, and we hope that Odinga will change this", said Rose Lida, 48, wrapped in a red Maasai blanket on the chilly morning.

"Not any single life of a Kenyan should be lost because of a section of people who want to serve the people of Kenya".

If that threshold is not met it will trigger a run-off vote between the top two candidates, with the victor requiring a simple majority.

The results are expected to be announced within seven days of polling.

Kenyatta called for peace regardless of the outcome of the election. Voting ends at 5pm local time. "No matter the result in this election, we must stand together as one people".

Odinga told the European Parliamentarians observing the elections that his party, the National Super Alliance (NASA) was concerned about the integrity of the voters register, the reference point for tomorrow's vote. Maraga spoke after meeting former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is among worldwide observers who will be monitoring the election.

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