Updates from KAB News correspondents on the ground
Familiar faces as Kenyans vote for a new president
Kenyans have started voting in presidential and parliamentary elections, but many citizens desperate for relief from spiking food prices and deep-rooted corruption have little confidence the next government will deliver change.
Large numbers of young people have not registered to vote in the elections on Tuesday, electoral commission figures show. Many say they are frustrated by widening inequality and an entrenched political system overseen by the same old elite.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is stepping down from the helm of East Africa’s economic powerhouse after reaching the end of his two-term limit.
The main candidates vying to replace him are far from new faces. William Ruto, 55, has been Kenyatta’s deputy for the past nine years, though the two men have fallen out.
Raila Odinga, 77, is a veteran opposition leader who, this time around, has won Kenyatta’s endorsement.
Many outsiders are closely watching the elections for the president, parliament and local authorities. Kenya is a stable nation in a volatile region, a close Western ally that hosts regional headquarters for Alphabet Inc, Visa inc and other international groups.
In some polling stations in the capital, Nairobi, Garissa, and Naivasha, lines were shorter than in previous elections, although it was unclear if voting would pick up later. Total turnout in the last election was near 80 percent.
Presidential election: Partial result (~15% counted)
Kenya, Presidential election:
Partial result (~15% counted)
Ruto (Kenya Kwanza, centre-left to centre-right): 50.5%
Odinga (Azimio, liberal): 48.9%
Wajackoyah (Roots Party, *): 0.4%
Mwaure (Agano, conservative): 0.2%
Provisional presidential results in Kenya
#KenyaDecides Results Update:
Raila: 129,751 -49.33%
Ruto: 132,430 – 50.03%
WILLIAM SAMOEI RUTO leads RAILA ODINGA
Kenya Election Results 2022
ELDORET: Polling station 1, Langas Pry School Results
ELDORET: Polling station 1, Langas Pry School
RAILA – 233
RUTO – 078
Wajackoya – 002
Mwaure – 0
IEBC clerk roughed up for allegedly issuing four MP ballot paper to one voter
IEBC clerk roughed up for allegedly issuing four MP ballot paper to one voter in Gatina Primary polling station, Dagoreti North constituency.
— The Standard Digital (@StandardKenya) August 9, 2022
Results start streaming in: Olesintir Primary School Polling Station, Olpusimoru Ward, Narok North Constituency, Narok County
Results start streaming in: Olesintir Primary School Polling Station, Olpusimoru Ward, Narok North Constituency, Narok County.
Raila – 047
Ruto – 001
Waihiga – 000
Wajackoyah – 000
#KenyaDecides2022 #KenyaDecides #KenyansPoll
Mugula polling Station in Elgeyo Marakwet
Mugula polling Station in Elgeyo Marakwet.
William Ruto 248
Raila Odinga 15
Odinga takes early lead
Provisional presidential results as at 6:30pm Tuesday
Votes tallied from Baringo County
Votes tallied from Baringo County where Raila has 51 while Ruto =2, Narok County- Raila Odinga =47votes Ruto=1 vote
#KenyaDecides2022 #ivoted #JustVoted
Raila Amolo Odinga takes an early lead
#KenyansPoll #ElectionsKE #KenyasChoice2022 #KenyaDecides2022
Kakamega women poling station Results
Kakamega women poling station
KIEMS #ElectionsKE IEBC Mombasa Baba ruto Rarieda
Results received so far at the national level
Results received so far at the national level, results received from Narok County #KenyaDecides2022 #KenyasChoice2022 #JustVoted
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) August 9, 2022
Vote counting yet to start in Kisumu
Most polling stations in Kisumu in western Kenya – a stronghold for presidential frontrunner Raila Odinga – remain open as voters are still queuing.
Those who were in line when polls closed 45 minutes ago are still allowed to vote.
So counting has yet to start here, but is expected to soon.
Most people have shied away from voting
They can reach 70% let wait at 8pm next briefing
Because since morning to afternoon they were at 30% then from noon to evening they had 26% adding to 56% roughly if they get 14 to 18% by 8pm they could at least have get closer to 2017 poll
Odinga has more votes than Ruto so far
First batch of votes are in: Prisons
First batch of votes are in: Prisons #KenyaDecides2022 #KenyasChoice2022 #JustVoted
Out of 366 registered voters, 344 voted in Ottawa, Canada
Miguna Miguna when DIASPORA votes for CANADA were announced at the Kenya High Commission in Ottawa and BABA trounced the Sugoi thief..
Out of 366 registered voters, 344 voted as below:
RAILA – 308
RUTO – 28
MWAURE – 7
WAJAKOYAH – 1
Turnout was 95%..
423 Kenyans have voted in Australia
Voting has ended at Kenya High Commission in Canberra, Australia
All 423 Kenyans have voted,and the polling officials had no otherwise but to count the votes.
√Raila Odinga – 98
√ William Ruto – 319
√ Waihiga Mwaure – 0
√ George Wajackoyah – 6
6,567,869 voters had tuned out to vote by noon
Kenya’s electoral body IEBC says 6,567,869 voters had tuned out to vote by noon; that’s 30.66% of the total registered voters #KenyaDecides2022
Life is getting more expensive
This vote is taking place against a backdrop of rising prices.
Kenyans, like others around the world, have been finding that their money is not going as far as it used to when it comes to buying the basics.
In June, annual inflation was 7.9%, but the increase in the price of some key food items, including maize flour and cooking oil, was much higher. The government did step in to subsidise the cost of maize flour in July.
And with an ongoing drought affecting three million Kenyans, many are struggling to afford any food at all.
‘There is so much poverty’: Kenyan voter
Casting his vote in the Kilimani neighbourhood, Eric Moracha, 47, said he has voted for Odinga all five times he has run for president.
The computer studies teacher at a local college said he “feels a connection” to the longtime opposition figure, and that he particularly like’s Odinga’s plan to give $50 (6000 KSh) per month to two million poor and vulnerable households.
“There is so much poverty in this country, our youths are turning to crime,” he told Al Jazeera.
Kenyan diaspora voting in 12 countries
Whistling for voters in Odinga’s stronghold
It is buzzing in Kisumu – the stronghold of Kenyan presidential frontrunner Raila Odinga – as voters continue to throng polling centres to cast their ballots.
His supporters have been going around the town blowing whistles and vuvuzelas since 04:00 local time, two hours before polls opened, reminding people to vote – a tactic encouraged by Mr Odinga, dubbing it the “firimbi (whistle in Swahili) movement”.
Businesses are also closed here and there is a sense of expectation in the air.
The region has supported Mr Odinga’s four previous presidential bids and now sees the prospect of an Odinga presidency in its sights.
No major hitches have been reported in Kisumu and its environs so far, with electoral officials exuding confidence that the process will be free and fair.
Polls close at 17:00 local time (14:00 GMT) and vote counting will start immediately afterwards.
Candidate’s lawyer alleges issues with electronic ID system
A lawyer for Odinga’s One Kenya Coalition has sent a letter to the chairman of the election commission, decrying what he described as the “large number” of failures of the electronic identification system (KIEMS) kits used at polling stations.
Paul Mwangi wrote that the Odinga campaign was “appalled” by the alleged failures of the kits.
“The campaign is also appalled that the vast majority of these failures are occurring in the strong holds of [Odinga],” he wrote.
The election commission has maintained the KIEMS system, which was at the centre of a challenge by Odinga following the eventually annulled presidential election in 2017, makes voting more secure.
The commission told Al Jazeera earlier in the day that minor issues had been reported at just 229 of the more than 46,000 polling stations in the country.
ID verification kit fails for presidential contender
Presidential candidate George Wajackoyah from the Roots Party of Kenya says he has not been able to cast his vote.
The voter identification kits have not been working in his constituency in the west of Kenya, he told reporters.
In an interview tweeted by NTV, the lawyer and educationalist, who is making his first bid for the presidency, said he was now the only presidential contender not to have voted.
“In my stronghold, Kakamega county, most of the people have not voted this morning.”
Officials have confirmed that about 10% of polling centres in Kakamega county have been affected.
The 63-year-old candidate said he had told those of his angry supporters to “cool down”.
Electoral officials had told him to come back later, he said, which would mean he would have to buy another ticket to Kisumu where he was due to travel later.
But he felt others would now not bother to come to vote: “My people are disenfranchised the older people have gone home.
What you need to know with a few hours left to vote
A reminder of how voting is going in Kenya with less than three hours to go until polls close at 17:00 local time (14:00 GMT).
Three of the four presidential candidates have voted so far; George Wajackoyah hasn’t cast his ballots as he was affected by malfunctioning ID verification kits
Despite such delays and logistical problems, in most places the process appears smooth
In north-eastern areas along the border with Somalia, voters have been affected by reported attacks and intimidation tactics by suspected al-Shabab militants
The vote follows an intense campaign dominated by debates about living costs, unemployment and corruption
The two frontrunners for president are ex-Prime Minister Raila Odinga and current Deputy President William Ruto
Voters are also choosing MPs, senators, county governors, local assembly members and parliamentary women’s representatives.
More than six million voted by noon – officials
In its latest update about the vote, Kenya’s electoral commission said that by noon local time (09:00 GMT), 6.5 million people had voted.
This amounts to just more than 30% of registered voters. Polls will stay open until 17:00 local time.
- Polls opened at 06:00 local time (03:00 GMT) and will close 11 hours later
- Reports of delays and logistical problems, but generally a smooth process
- More than 22 million people have registered to vote
- Near the Somali border, intimidation tactics used by suspected al-Shabab militants
- Four candidates are running to replace President Uhuru Kenyatta
- The state of the economy has been a big issue in the campaign
- Voters are also electing MPs, senators and county administrations