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How to Vote in Kenyan Presidential Elections 2022

On the 9th of August 2022, one of Africa’s largest economies Kenya, located in East Africa will go to vote for its 5th president in the general elections 2022. This will be following; Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Arap Moi, and Mwai Kibaki who are all the deceased apart from Uhuru Kenyatta the outgoing president. Kenya is voting in the Kenyan presidential elections 2022.

Who are the presidential candidates on the ballot paper?

The candidates on the Kenyan ballot paper 2022 are, Raila Odinga, William Ruto, George Wajackoyah, David Mwaure Waihiga. Raila is a four-time failed presidential candidate and is trying his luck again. The 77-year-old former prime minister has a reputation as a formidable campaigner.

William Ruto on the other hand, is a 55-year-old Deputy President, he has proved a match for Mr. Odinga on the campaign trail and has drawn large crowds.

What are the procedures of Voting in the presidential elections Kenya 2022?

On polling day, Kenyans will be casting multiple votes these will be alongside the presidential election, people will be voting for MPs and senators to go to the national parliament, county governors and county assembly members. For the women, they will get an extra vote to elect one of 47 women’s representatives to sit in the national assembly.

Polls are going to open for 12 hours from 06:00 local time (03:00 GMT). Anyone still in the queue at closing time will be allowed to vote. That is the first procedure to vote in Kenya 2022.
Once closed, officials will start counting the votes at each polling station. It is not yet clear when the presidential election result will be announced but the electoral commission has a maximum of seven days to count and tally the votes.

How is the winner decided?

To win, a candidate needs more than half the votes cast nationally and at least 25% of the votes cast in each of more than half of the counties. If that threshold is not reached then the election goes into a second-round run-off between the top two candidates.
Will the Kenyan Presidential Election be Free and Fair?
There is a big possibility that kenyans will be expecting what happened in 2017  to happen again which led to the annulment of the initial election result and the whole election being re-run.
The issue then was that the system to electronically transmit results from every polling station was not working in some places. Opposition lawyers representing Mr. Odinga argued successfully that this allowed the vote tallies to be tampered with.
This time the authorities say they have taken measures to make sure that electronic transmission will proceed smoothly. This will improve transparency in the Kenyan presidential elections 2022.
The speed of getting the election result will depend on how well that system works, but come the night of 9 August every result will be closely scrutinized by the candidates’ representatives to make sure that they are not cheated out of the top post.

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