Elections in Kenya have been passionately fought, and turnout has been excessive. As much as 80 % of voters forged their ballots within the elections in August 2017. This election, too, has galvanized the nation.
When and the place do folks vote?
Polling stations opened on Tuesday at 6 a.m., with 22.1 million folks registered to vote, together with Kenyans dwelling overseas and in jail. Voters forged their ballots at over 46,000 polling stations, largely in colleges and in open grounds like parking heaps and public parks, but additionally in neighborhood halls, universities and well being clinics.
Voting closed at 5 p.m., however anybody ready in line at that hour was nonetheless allowed to vote.
What occurs on the polling stations?
To forged a poll, voters needed to present both a nationwide identification card or a legitimate passport. On the polling station, their identities had been checked utilizing a biometric machine. After that, voters had been handed six color-coded paper ballots: for president, governor, senator, member of Parliament, girl’s consultant and member of county meeting.
A complete of 16,100 candidates — 1,962 of them ladies — had been vying for these positions, in keeping with the electoral fee.
Are there outdoors displays?
The election fee has accredited 18,000 native and worldwide observers, who had been representing native and international organizations and governments, together with the African Union, the European Union and The Carter Middle.
How are the ballots tabulated?
At every of the 46,000 polling stations, officers had been supposed to make use of an digital pill to ship a digital picture of their presidential outcomes on to the nationwide tallying middle within the capital, Nairobi. These types had been additionally imagined to be out there on-line, permitting anybody to independently tabulate the outcomes as they arrive in.
In areas with no cellphone protection, the election fee says it offered satellite tv for pc tools for the transmission of the outcomes.
Individually, the bodily outcomes types had been imagined to be despatched to one among 290 constituency tallying facilities, earlier than being forwarded to Nairobi. There, the electoral fee was imagined to confirm the digital outcomes towards the bodily types, earlier than saying a nationwide outcome.
How quickly will the outcomes be identified?
Presidential ballots have been the primary to be counted. The electoral fee has one week to declare the outcomes of that vote.
To be declared winner, a candidate should obtain 50 % of the vote plus another, and at the least 25 % of the vote in 24 of the nation’s 47 counties. If no candidate passes this bar, a runoff vote between the highest two candidates have to be held inside 30 days.
Any citizen or group can problem the outcomes on the Supreme Court docket inside seven days. The courtroom should ship its choice inside two weeks. If judges nullify the outcomes, as they did in 2017, a contemporary votemust be held inside 60 days.