#KenyaDecides: Prisoners allowed to participate in presidential vote

Prisoners

At least 167 inmates from four prisons across Kenya have had an opportunity to participate in the country’s general election, the first time this has happened in the country.

The East African nation is conducting its vote which is a repeat of the 2013 election that saw incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta face Raila Odinga for the presidency.

The two have been billed as the main contenders for the top seat that has attracted a total of eight aspirants.

Kenya’s electoral body announced in January that the prisoners would be allowed to vote, though that would only apply for the presidential ballot.

More than 19.6 million people are registered to participate in the vote, with the voters also having to elect governors, senators, members of parliament and members of county assemblies.

The ruling Jubilee Party led by President Uhuru is up against an opposition coalition led by Raila.