Of course there are those occasional fist fighting here and there, but Kenya’s Presidential Elections Campaign episodes can get refreshingly fun and funny.
Kenya kicked off the campaigns for the August Elections on Sunday, May 29, 2022.
The country’s polls are regarded to be the most democratic in the entire East African Region.
Daily Campaigning time, throughout the period shall run from 7.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
The campaign period runs for two months and one week, expected to cease on August 6, 2022.
In their recent elections Uganda and Tanzania blocked their citizens from internet services, prompting them to install VPNs in their smartphones to be able to access data during the entire campaign period and months after.
Kenyans, on the other hand still enjoy the freedom of the web browsing and social media interactions amid polls
The Constitution of Kenya requires that a general election of members of parliament to be held on the second Tuesday in August in every fifth year.
This means that the next general election must be held on August 9, 2022.
Since there should also be some 48 hours between the end of the campaigns and commencement of the voting exercise, campaigns draw into a close on August 6.
Kenya’s official list of the party-riding presidential candidates for the 2022 elections has four contenders.
- David Waihiga Mwaure, leader of Agano Party
- George Wajackoyah, leader of Roots Party of Kenya
- Raila Odinga, former Prime Minister of Kenya (2008–2013) and leader of Orange Democratic Movement.
- William Ruto, current Deputy President of Kenya (2013–present) and leader of United Democratic Alliance.
Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) also Independent endorsed the names of the 38 private candidate contenders out of the 47 applications.
The commission stated that the candidates had to submit their symbols for ease of identification by voters on polling day.