Kenyans today have woken up in big numbers as cross the country to their respective polling stations to vote in a tightly contested election.
A total of 22,120,458 registered voters across the 290 constituencies and 46,229 polling centres are expected to participate in this election.
However, Ugandans have been left shocked as Kenyan government has not opted to switch off internet and prohibit live media coverages as it was in Uganda during the 2021 presidential general election.
Daniel Lutaya, a former senior journalist on NBS tv has stated on his official twitter account that Kenya is having a very tight election but the internet is still on and the incumbent is already out of office.
Good morning Uganda.
Our neighbor is having an election today, a very tight election btw.
And Internet is still on,
Also please note that the incumbent president has already moved out of state house.
End of tweet pic.twitter.com/uyRV7FRTZs
— Daniel Lutaaya (@DanielLutaaya) August 9, 2022
Canary mugume also a senior journalist at NBS TV seems to be equally wondering how Kenyan has managed having an election without extra judicial killings, switching off of the internet and unnecessary show of security might on streets.
“What is an election without extra judicial killings, kidnaps, detentions without trails, ballot stuffing, switching off of the internet and unnecessary show of security might on streets? Kenya’s neighbour to the west, must be looking on and wondering, how do you do it?” Canary stated to his social media handle.
Old-hand opposition leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and sitting Deputy President William Ruto. Are the two leading candidates in the Tuesday elections
The most recent opinion polls have shown a tight race between Odinga of the Azimio la Umoja (Resolution for Unity) One Kenya Coalition, and Ruto of Kenya Kwanza (Kenya First) Alliance