On Friday, August 12 at 19:30 GMT:
Authorities in Kenya are tallying tens of millions of votes solid 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 along with his lieutenant.
Official outcomes from the Impartial Electoral and Boundaries Fee (IEBC) are anticipated inside per week of the August 9 election. However Kenyan media have already printed differing tallies, sparking confusion amongst folks anxious for a outcome. To win, a presidential candidate should safe greater than half the vote and not less than 25 % of ballots solid 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 sort out a number of challenges going through the nation. Voters expressed fear in regards to the ever-increasing cost of living and high unemployment amid economic 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 means down on the earlier election held in 2017. And whereas most consideration is on the 2 main presidential candidates, within the remaining days of campaigning there have been indicators of a late swell in public help for a 3rd candidate, George Wajackoyah. If that backing interprets into votes, Wajackoyah may deny Odinga and Ruto the brink they need 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 usually escalated into bodily assault – additional complicating efforts to spice up girls’s illustration.
On this episode of The Stream, we’ll take a look at what could lie forward for Kenya because the nation awaits a remaining 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