Kenyans living in Uganda are voting for their next president in elections held at the High Commission located in Kololo. This is the second time Kenyans in Uganda are voting within the country. The first time was in 2012, The Daily Monitor reports.
The process organised by the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission in Kampala, started as early as 6am and is expected to close at 5pm, similar to what is happening in Kenya.
According to Mr William Kahindi, the IEBC deputy returning officer for the Diaspora polling station, a total of 1,184 Kenyans living in Uganda are expected to participate in this year’s general elections.
“Voters must have their passport to be allowed to vote but they must have been registered at this polling station,” Mr Kahindi said, adding that registration has been ongoing since 2012.
He added that voters in the Diaspora are only allowed to vote for the position of President as provided for by the Kenyan electoral laws.
This year, a total of 4,447 Kenyans living in the diaspora, including Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and South Africa, have been allowed to participate in the country’s general elections, something Mr Kahindi said is being rolled out to the rest of Africa and other continents in a gradual process.
In general, a total of 19.6 million voters both within Kenya and the diaspora are expected to participate in today’s elections across the 40,883 polling stations.
Eight candidates are vying to become Kenya’s next president in an election that has been largely described as a horse race between incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, 55, of the Jubilee Coalition and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, 72, who is representing a united opposition under the National Super Alliance (NASA).
Mr Geoffrey Okanga, Kenya’s ambassador to Uganda, said the exercise has been organized for the second time to allow Kenyans living and working in Uganda to choose their next president.
Sammy Makua Roiba, a Kenyan national working with Mayfair Group in Kampala told this newspaper after casting his ballot, that the elections are going on smoothly.
“It’s a very smooth process and as you can see there is no queue. The biometric machines are working very well,” Mr Makua said, adding that the situation back home is also going on smoothly.