#KenyaDecides: Kenyans in diaspora participate in vote

Kenya

Kenyans have gone to the ballot today in the country’s general elections that is seen to be a close contest between incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and long-time opposition leader Raila Odinga.

The East African nation with a population of over 46 million people has 19.6 million registered voters who will decide the election.

Kenyans living abroad have had a chance to participate in the election, including those in neighbouring Tanzania and Rwanda.

Local media outlet The Citizen reports Kenyan ambassador to Tanzania Boniface Muhia to say there are about 1,431 registered voters in the country, drawn from Dodoma, Iringa, Mbeya, Morogoro, Zanzibar and Arusha.

In Rwanda there are more than 800 registered voters, according to local media outlet New Times.

It quotes Catherine Koskey, the presiding officer for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) at the Kenyan Embassy in Rwanda to say, “We have more than 800 registered voters in Rwanda and we have two IEBC desks here at the High Commission. It’s quite okay; Kenyans are turning up in good numbers and our officers are also set, we have not had any hitch so far.”

Voting ends at 5:00PM Kenyan time, with counting of the votes across Kenya and all other polling stations outside the country beginning immediately after.