Latest
Recommended
Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

102-year-old Kenyan voter wouldn't dream of missing election

102-year-old Kenyan voter wouldn't dream of missing election

Obama commented that there has already been "too much incitement and appeals based on fear from all sides" during the current Kenyan elections campaign, and warned that "the Kenyan people as a whole will be the losers if there is a descent into violence".

"We shall only accept the defeat if the election meets worldwide standards", he said at Makhele primary in Kabuchai constituency.

"Everyone has a right to vote and we should all be ready to accept the results". "That's why we will accept whatever outcome it is". Kenyan officials have deployed about 180,000 security officers nationwide to ensure safety.

"We have been demanding from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to give us copies of the register", Odinga told reporters on Monday.

Kenyatta, 55, is seeking re-election after a first term in which he oversaw a massive infrastructure drive and steady economic growth of more than five percent.

The voting process is running smoothly in many parts of the country, but some parts have experienced a few technical issues that caused delay in the process. Odinga is associated with the Luo voting bloc, which has never produced a head of state. His own political career developed quickly, and he would go on to run unsuccessfully for president three times, beginning in 1997.

"I have come here to vote because good leadership comes from God", Lydia Gathoni Kiingati said.

Mr Odinga (72) voted in the poor area of Kibera, an opposition stronghold in the capital Nairobi, and was surrounded by well-wishers.

"Uhuru must go", chanted his supporters, referring to the president by his first name. There have also been recent attacks by the Somali militant group al-Shabaab and increasing attacks by armed nomadic cattle herders on locals in the drought-hit Laikipia region. In some locations, inmates in striped prison garb cast ballots under the watch of guards.

On Twitter, he accused election officials of "frustrating" his party agents because their accreditation details to observe the vote inside polling stations were on the wrong letterhead.

While his department was responsible for voter identification and result transmission technology for the elections, it's unclear whether his killing was related to the election.

The torture and murder last week of a top election official and the deportation of two foreign Odinga advisers have fuelled wild online conspiracy theories and "fake news" items consumed voraciously by Kenya's tech-savvy population.

The violence that erupted following the 2008 election in which 1,200 people were killed came as a surprise to many global observers.

Election officials say the victor of Kenya's presidential race must get more than 50% of the votes as well as one-quarter or more votes in at least 24 of Kenya's 47 counties. "God bless Kenya", Odinga said in a statement.

As president, Obama made a high-profile visit to Kenya in 2015, where he was celebrated as the country's most famous son.

Like this: