Elections in Kenya were lively and voter turnout was high. Up to 80 percent of voters cast their ballots in the August 2017 election. This election also drew traction for the country.
When and where do people vote?
Polling stations opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday, with 22.1 million people registered to vote, including Kenyans living abroad and in prison. Voters cast their ballots at more than 46,000 polling stations, mainly in schools and open spaces such as parking lots and public parks, but also in community halls, universities and public halls. physical examination.
Voting closes at 5 p.m., but anyone waiting in line at that hour can still vote.
What happens at polling stations?
To vote, voters must present a valid national ID card or passport. At the polling station, their identity is checked using a biometric machine. The voters were then handed six color-coded paper ballots: for the president, governor, senator, member of Congress, representative of women, and member of county council.
A total of 16,100 candidates – 1,962 of them women – are vying for these positions, according to the election commission.
Is there an external monitor?
The Electoral Commission has recognized 18,000 local and international observers who represent local and foreign governments and organizations, including the African Union, the European Union and the Carter Center.
How are the ballots tabulated?
At each of the 46,000 polling stations, officials are said to use electronic tablets to send digital images of their presidential results directly to the national vote counting center in the capital Nairobi. . Those forms are also said to be available online, allowing anyone to independently tabulate the results as they arrive.
In areas without cell phone coverage, the election commission said it provided satellite equipment to transmit the results.
Separately, physical result forms are supposed to be sent to one of the 290 constituency tally centers, before being shipped to Nairobi. There, the electoral commission must verify the results electronically against physical forms, before publishing the national results.
How soon will the results be known?
The Presidential election ballots are the first to be counted. The electoral commission has one week to announce the results of that vote.
To be declared a winner, a candidate must receive 50 percent of the vote plus one more vote and at least 25 percent of the vote in 24 of the country’s 47 counties. If no candidate passes this bar, a vote between the top two candidates must be held within 30 days.
Any citizen or group can challenge the results in the Supreme Court within seven days. The court must issue its decision within two weeks. If the judges invalidate the results, as they did in 2017, a new vote must be held within 60 days.