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Morocco's fifth World Cup bid crashed spectacularly after it lost to the North American trio of US, Mexico and Canada. 11 African countries voted against Morocco. Namibia was unequivocal, clearly stating it voted against Morocco because of its occupation of the Sahrawi Republic. Morocco might have rejoined the African Union, but many Africans still don't think its loyalty lies in Africa.
Kenyans voting in tightly contested presidential election – Picture Essay
Billy Mutai on August 8, 2017 — Kenyans are voting in a tightly contested presidential election. President Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking a second and final term but faces a strong challenge from Raila Odinga. Here is a picture essay.
Jubilee Party supporter dressed in party colours during their last leg of campaigns at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital on August 4, 2017 ahead of country’s general elation on August 8. Jubilee is one of the two major parties in with large following. Photo/Billy Mutai
Kenyans are voting today to elect the country’s new political leadership. President Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking a second and final term but faces a strong challenge from opposition leader Raila Odinga.
The east African country has 47 counties, with 19 million registers voters from a population of 47 million people. Registered diaspora voters are 4, 393 while 5, 528 inmates are expected to cast their votes.
An interesting election to watch
Going by the major pollsters – INFOTRAK & IPSOS in Kenya, the election will be highly contested for the presidential frontrunners, the incumbent Kenyatta and the opposition leader Odinga.
Other six presidential contenders include Cyrus Jirongo of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Ekuru Aukot of Thirdway Alliance, Abduba Dida of the Alliance for Real Change (ARC), and Independent candidates Joseph Nyagah, Michael Wainaina and Japheth Kavinga.
A stiff contest is expected in gubernatorial races across country’s 47 counties.
President Kenyatta and opposition leaders have called for peace and calm during the election. Previous general elections have been marred by political violence. In the 2007 election, Kenya witnessed post electoral violence that left over 1,400 people dead and over 600,000 people were displaced. Some of the worst hit towns included Eldoret, Kisumu, Nairobi, Nakuru and Naivasha.
Cases of political violence have been reported in the run-up to the polls and the opposition has alleged that there’s been a ploy to rig the election. However, Kenyatta, denied that there are attempts to rig the elections.
We look at pictures taken in the run up to the polls.