Mass exodus of voters sparks Kenya poll fears
NAIROBI: Ahead of Kenyan polls today, election observers said a mass exodus of people from Nairobi and former electoral conflict hotspots indicates voters have been disenfranchised due to security fears.
The African Election Observation Group also said measures being deployed by party mobilisers to urge voter turnout could affect the fairness of the elections and damage the voluntary nature of voting, creating “a siege mentality”.
The success of the national electoral body’s computerised voting system is also considered key to the process being free and fair.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking to stay in office for a second and final term, while veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga is seeking to unseat him.