- Posted February 27, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Kenya Decides in Three Days
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) that replaced the defunct Electoral commission of Kenya (ECK) won the hearts of Kenyans with the introduction of biometric voter registration to address the challenges and is seen as positive stride in ensuring credible elections as only the registered voters shall cast their vote and has eliminated the double registration and rigging associated with the “dead resurrecting voting and later going back to their graves”.
Voter apathy is palpable as we go into the elections most of the rural folks do not know the different elective posts that were introduced following the promulgation of the new constitution in 2010.
In the past the electorate only voted for Councilors, Member of Parliament and President this time round the number has doubled and the electorate if faced with an uphill task of voting for six different positions namely County representative, Women Representative, Member of Parliament, Senator, Governor and President, the six different slots present a challenge to the electorate as this is the first time
Tribalism has taken center stage in the forthcoming election and voters are expected to vote with their hearts and not their heads. According to the call in sessions in the popular radio stations the contests will be between the Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his Deputy Uhuru Kenyatta. The two enjoy a near fanatical following in their backyards, while Uhuru Kenyatta is seen to have a head start due to his big ethnic block of the Kikuyus and Kalenjins of 6 million plus it will be interesting to see how the small tribes will vote, Raila Odinga has a head start of 3.6 million votes from the Kamba and Luo communities that he commands unrivalled support.
Unlike 2007 there is no tension and this could be credited to the ongoing cases at the Hague that appears to have sent warlord’s quacking in their boots with no option but to embrace peace that every Kenyan needs to ensure the country goes forward.
March 4, 2013 has been declared a public holiday and most private institutions are cautioning their employees to ensure they have essential food reserves to cover them for at least 2 weeks in the event of unforeseen violence or challenges in the city.