Vote counting begins after polls close in Kenya's general election

Election officials prepare to start counting votes after polls closed in Kenya's general elections on August 9, 2022. (Photo: CGTN)

Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) started counting votes on Tuesday evening after a day-long voting exercise in the country's general election.

The Commission announced that some 12,065,803 registered voters out of 22,120,458 had cast their vote by 4pm, representing 56.17 percent of voter turn-out.

The election seeks to elect a successor to President Uhuru Kenyatta who has served his maximum constitutionally mandated term.

Four candidates are in the running to become Kenya's fifth president, including current Deputy President William Ruto, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, George Wajackoyah and David Mwaure.

Local media outlets projected low voter turnout for the exercise, all preempting varying reasons for this.

Some of the key issues that Kenyans were expected to take into consideration ahead of the vote included inflation, corruption, employment and health.

For a candidate to win the election in the first round, they are required to obtain 50 percent plus one vote of the total votes cast. If all candidates fail to achieve this, the top two candidates proceed to a run off, where the outright winner takes the seat.

The IEBC has seven days to count and declare winners of the elective seats.