By Bryson Mykol
President Uhuru Kenyata cast his vote Thursday morning in his hometown of Gatundu as Kenyans headed to their respective polling centres for a repeat presidential poll.
Uhuru who was accompanied by Kenya’s First Lady Margret Kenyatta and area Member of Parliament Moses Kuria, addressed journalists and stated that “it was everyone’s democratic right to vote or not to vote”.
On Wednesday, National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga, who withdrew from the race over irregularities and an “unqualified IEBC, asked his hungry supporters not to turn up for the elections.
However, Taita Tavete county governor, Granton Samboja, a stanch NASA supporter turned up to vote earlier in the day. Former president Mwai Kibaki and Chief Justice David Maraga were among other Kenyans who exercised their democratic right by taking part in election.
Voting began early in several polling stations around the country on Thursday although there was a significant drop in voter turn up.
In jubilee Party strongholds, the process went ahead uninterrupted and voters expressed optimism that the process would be completed early enough.
However, the situation was different in opposition’s strongholds. In Kisumu and Migori counties protesters blocked IEBC officials from dispatching and accessing election materials and places respectively.
Police officers in Kibra area, a Nairobi county suburb, were forced to hurl stones at protesters after they ran out of teargas canisters on Election Day.
Meanwhile, one person has been reported dead and over 8 rushed to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga hospital with gunshot wounds after NASA supporters clashed with police in Nyanza religion.
Kenya is known among the worst countries recorded with terrible post election violence.