Elections for president, parliament and local bodies will be held today in Kenya

Elections for president, parliament and local bodies will be held today in Kenya

Kenya, the largest economic country in East Africa, will hold presidential, parliamentary and local government elections today.

“Report” informs that 4 candidates are competing for the post of the head of state. Incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta cannot run as a candidate in the next marathon because of the two-term limit imposed by the Constitution. Kenyatta was elected President in 2013 and 2017.

The elections will start at 06:00 local time and will last until 17:00.

The favorites among the four contenders for the presidency are Raila Odinga, who served as Prime Minister from 2008 to 2013, and William Ruto, the vice president of the republic.

Presidential elections in Kenya are held in two rounds, if in the first round none of the candidates can get 50% + 1% of the votes in at least 24 of the country’s 47 constituencies, a second round must be held. The first round must be organized within 30 days of the second round.

Elections to both houses of parliament as well as local government elections will be held in Kenya at the same time as the presidential elections. Parties and coalitions nominated more than 7,000 candidates. 290 of the 349 deputies of the Parliament are elected in one round by the direct majority system.

The remaining seats are reserved for women elected from 47 constituencies. Elections to the upper chamber with 67 senators are held according to a special scheme. Only 47 senators are directly elected from each constituency.

The total number of candidates at all levels in the current elections is 16,098. They are competing for 1,882 seats. Kenya has 22.1 million voters, 40% of whom are under the age of 30.

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