Elections in Kenya are passionately fought, and turnout is often excessive. Up to 80 p.c of voters solid their ballots within the elections in August 2017. This election, too, has galvanized the nation.
When and the place do individuals vote?
Polling stations opened on Tuesday at 6 a.m., with 22.1 million individuals registered to vote, together with Kenyans residing overseas and in jail. Voters are casting their ballots at over 46,000 polling stations, principally in faculties and in open grounds like parking heaps and public parks, but additionally in neighborhood halls, universities and well being clinics.
Voting is anticipated to shut at 5 p.m., however anybody ready in line at that hour will nonetheless be allowed to vote.
What occurs on the polling stations?
To solid a poll, voters should present both a nationwide identification card or a sound passport. At the polling station, their identities are checked utilizing a biometric machine. After that, voters are handed six color-coded paper ballots: for president, governor, senator, member of Parliament, girl’s consultant and member of county meeting.
A complete of 16,100 candidates — 1,962 of them girls — are vying for these positions, in keeping with the electoral fee.
Are there outdoors displays?
The election fee has accredited 18,000 native and worldwide observers, who’re representing native and international organizations and governments, together with the African Union, the European Union and The Carter Center.
How are the ballots tabulated?
At every of the 46,000 polling stations, officers are supposed to make use of an digital pill to ship a digital picture of their presidential outcomes on to the nationwide tallying middle within the capital, Nairobi. Those types are additionally speculated to be obtainable on-line, permitting anybody to independently tabulate the outcomes as they arrive in.
In areas with no cellphone protection, the election fee says it should present satellite tv for pc gear for the transmission of the outcomes.
Separately, the bodily outcomes types are speculated to be despatched to considered one of 290 constituency tallying facilities, earlier than being forwarded to Nairobi. There, the electoral fee is then speculated to confirm the digital outcomes towards the bodily types, earlier than saying a nationwide consequence.
How quickly will the outcomes be recognized?
Once voting closes, presidential ballots would be the first to be counted. The electoral fee has one week to declare the outcomes of that vote.
To be declared winner, a candidate should obtain 50 p.c of the vote plus another, and no less than 25 p.c of the vote in 24 of the nation’s 47 counties. If no candidate passes this bar, a runoff vote between the highest two candidates have to be held inside 30 days.
Any citizen or group can problem the outcomes on the Supreme Court inside seven days. The court docket should ship its choice inside two weeks. If judges nullify the outcomes, as they did in 2017, a recent vote is meant to be held inside 60 days.