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Date:08 Aug 2017
#KenyaElections Update: Halfway through voting and all is peaceful


Voting is ongoing at the 40,883 polling stations across the country. Many Kenyans arrived hours ahead of the 0600 scheduled opening time, to ensure that they could cast their vote.

However, voting delayed at some centres including Rabour Pri School, Nyando, 2 stations at Moi Avenue Pri. School, Nairobi as electronic kits failed.

There haven’t been any major incidents reported apart from an Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) official who was arrested in Changamwe for allegedly issuing double ballot papers to some voters.

Despite the few minor technical issues with the biometric identification system, and long queues at polling stations, voting seems to be going smoothly across the country.

John Mahama, Former President of Ghana and chief election observer for the Commonwealth said earlier that he is impressed by the voter turnout. “There have been no incidents so far and voting seems to be going smoothly and I think it is a good sign for Kenyan democracy.”

Earlier, President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived at Mutomo Primary School to cast his vote, he is accompanied by the First Lady, Magaret Kenyatta. His Deputy William Ruto cast his vote at Kosachei Primary School in Turbo Constituency.

The leading opposition candidate, Raila Odinga exercised his franchise at the Old Kibera Primary school.

The UN secretary General, António Guterres, has called on all national stakeholders in Kenya to renew their commitment to credible and peaceful elections, as well as their confidence in the institutions constitutionally mandated to conduct the elections.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama, has released a statement urging Kenyan leaders to “reject violence and incitement”, “respect the will of the people” and “work together no matter the outcome.”

The IEBC has created the following toll free hotlines (1527, 1537, 1538, 1539) to allow voters with questions or challenges at any polling station to raise their concerns.
The polls are scheduled to close at 1800 local time however the IEBC has assured Kenyans that polling stations that opened late will be compensated with the time lost, and that all will vote.

Eight candidates are contesting for the presidency--Uhuru Kenyatta of Jubilee Party, National Super Alliance (NASA)'s Raila Odinga, Cyrus Jirongo of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Ekuru Aukot of Thirdway Alliance, Abduba Dida of the Alliance for Real Change (ARC), and Independent candidates Joseph Nyagah, Michael Wainaina and Japheth Kavinga.

There are about 180,000 security personnel deployed nationwide to maintain peace and order during and after the elections

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