Kenyan Decides: Interior ministry gives emergency number as voting begins

The Interior ministry has urged Kenyans to call its toll free numbers should there be chaos at any polling station.

Number 00800724956 was issued on Tuesday morning as members of the public started to vote.

“Good morning Kenyans…make use of this toll free number in case of any incidences. All the best as you exercise your democratic right,” the ministry said via Twitter on Tuesday. “Be patriotic and responsible.”

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Voting began at 6am at most of the 41,000 polling stations across the country.

Voting underway at Lamu Fort, August 8, 2017. /CHETI PARAXIDES

Voting underway at a polling station in Lamu county, August 8, 2017. /CHETI PARAXIDES

In Kirinyaga, which has 349,836 voters, hundred braved the rain to cast their ballots.

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Governor Joseph Ndathi will vote at 8am at Rukenya Primary School polling station while Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua voted at Mugumo Primary School in Gichugu constituency.

In Changamwe, Mombasa county, the process was delayed at one of the 10 streams at Kipevu Primary School due to what officials said was a technical hitch.

Officials said the Kenya Integrated Electoral Management System Kits had failed to work but that there was no cause for alarm as they were working on solutions.

Some of the voters there turned against journalists and observers over the delays.

At some polling stations in Nyali, there was confusion over names and voting streams.

In Nakuru’s Kuresoi South constituency, much like many other parts of the country, there was long queues, some people having arrived as early as 4am.

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At Keringet Township Primary School, where 2,400 have been registered to vote, four streams have been created to ease queues.

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The election process kicked of well in most parts of Uasin Gishu county where there is tight security.

County returning officer Winston Nyonje said materials were delivered in time.

Large numbers were reported at polling stations in parts including Eldoret town.

There is also right security at Sugoi Primary School where DP William Ruto’s Sugoi is expected to vote.

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Voting at Westlands Primary School in Nairobi, August 8, 2017. /MONICAH MWANGI

Millions of people have gone to the polls amid fears that the latest electoral clash between its foremost political dynasties could once again descend into violence.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is running for the second time against arch rival Raila Odinga, who is a principal of the National Super Alliance.

First results are not expected before Wednesday, but a very close race might mean as long as three days before a winner emerges. Officially, election authorities have up to a week to declare the outcome.

Additional reporting by Brian Otieno, Geoffrey Kibisu, Amos Kerich and Mathews Ndanyi

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