President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has urged the voters to vote in the elections peacefully. The speech was telecast on televisio where he has asked the eligible 19 million voters to vote in peace. The election is seen as the contest between Kenyatta and the three time President Odinga who lost each time after having won it. He won the elections in 2009 but had lost it to Kenyatta in 2013. Going by the past records and statistics, he is expected to win this time but may not be the case, if the voters have decided otherwise.
Kenyatta is the son of Kenya’s founding president and is seeking a second and final term in office. He said “After you cast your ballot, please go home. Go back to your neighbour. Regardless of where he or she comes from, their tribe, their colour or their religion. Shake their hand, share a meal and tell them ‘let us wait for the results”.
The election seems to be much more peaceful this time unlike in 2007 whee more than 1,100 Kenyans died and some 600,000 were displaced. However this time, a top election official has been murdered who claimed of vote-rigging.
Opposition leader Mr Odinga, of the National Super Alliance, also addressed the public on Monday. “May the stronger candidate win tomorrow,” he said mentioning that the present President is a worthy opponent. He also refuted claims against Kenyatta saying some 150,000 army personnel were employed who may turn the outcome of the election results as they may be coerced to vote in favour of Kenyatta.
In Kenya, to win the election, the candidate has to secure 1 vote over and above 50% and atleast 25% of votes in atleast 24 of the 47 counties.
Eight presidential candidates are vying for the position.