On Friday, August 12 at 19:30 GMT:
Authorities in Kenya are tallying thousands and thousands of votes forged in a normal election that may resolve who would be the nation’s subsequent president.
The 2 main candidates to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta are deputy president William Ruto and opposition chief Raila Odinga – who has Kenyatta’s public backing following a well-publicised rift together with his lieutenant.
Official outcomes from the Unbiased Electoral and Boundaries Fee (IEBC) are anticipated inside every week of the August 9 election. However Kenyan media have already revealed differing tallies, sparking confusion amongst individuals anxious for a outcome. To win, a presidential candidate should safe greater than half the vote and at the least 25 p.c of ballots forged in 24 of Kenya’s 47 counties.
All through a marketing campaign season that sometimes descended into mud-slinging between Ruto and Odinga, the rivals every sought to persuade Kenyan voters that they’re your best option to deal with a number of challenges dealing with the nation. Voters expressed fear concerning the ever-increasing price of residing and excessive unemployment amid financial inequality, to endemic political corruption. The nation has been battered by drought, whereas public debt has soared to greater than two-thirds of GDP.
Amid widespread voter apathy, turnout on August 9 was method down on the earlier election held in 2017. And whereas most consideration is on the 2 main presidential candidates, within the closing days of campaigning there have been indicators of a late swell in public assist for a 3rd candidate, George Wajackoyah. If that backing interprets into votes, Wajackoyah may deny Odinga and Ruto the brink they have to attain to keep away from an unprecedented second spherical of voting.
Whereas most media consideration was on the race for the presidency, grassroots politicians struggled for wider recognition. Within the run-up to election day feminine candidates reported abuse that always escalated into bodily assault – additional complicating efforts to spice up girls’s illustration.
On this episode of The Stream, we’ll have a look at what might lie forward for Kenya because the nation awaits a closing election outcome.
On this episode of The Stream, we’re joined by:
Patrick Gathara, @gathara
Shikoh Kihika, @Shikohkihika
Founder, Tribeless Youth
Bina Maseno, @BinaMaseno
Director, Badili Africa Organisation