Voting is well underway in Kenya as the country is put on stand still to decide its future. There has been no report of any violence as citizens have had to brave the cold in long queues having come out as early as 6 am to cast their votes.
Politicians have not been left out of the process with a few of them stepping out very early to avoid the rush.
One of them is Kirinyaga gubernatorial candidate Martha Karua who was among the first people to cast their vote at 6.19 am at Mugumo Primary School. She was accompanied by her running mate Gachoki Gitari.
After casting her ballot, Ms. Karua urged voters to turn out in large numbers and cast their votes early. The former presidential aspirant said the tendency to vote later in the day will lead to delays in the process.
Deputy President William Ruto has also been pictured in a queue at Kosachei Primary School polling station in Turbo.
He was accompanied by his family who all looked cheerful as they smiled for cameras.
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has also cast his vote at Mathatani Primary School. He was accompanied by his Wife Lillian Nganga.
Meru Governor Peter Munya voted at Ncuui Primary School in Tigania East.
Munya was bullish after casting his vote. He told reporters that he is sure he will win before he commended the IEBC on the voting process noting that it is easier to vote.
“The system is quite efficient and the clerks are well-trained,” said the PNU candidate.
Nairobi Woman Rep candidate (ODM) Esther Passaris has also cast her vote.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho pictured casting his vote at Uwanja wa Mbuzi stadium in Mombasa.
Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto was pictured in line waiting to cast his ballot.
Immediate former National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale cast his vote at Garissa Library Polling Station.
Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi casts his vote at KTTC Gigiri.
Kilifi Jubilee woman rep candidate Amina Mnyazi voting at Ganda primary school polling center.
Makadara MP aspirant George Aladwa (ODM) casts his vote at Joseph Apudo primary school.
NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his entourage have cast their votes at Olympic Primary School in Kibra.
Speaking to voters after the process, Mr. Odinga said:
“We are confident of victory, continue mobilising people to come out and vote, this victory is ours.”
A short while ago, accompanied by my wife Ida, I cast my vote at Olympic Primary School, Kibra Constituency. pic.twitter.com/jgc95rJ7d6
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) August 8, 2017
His main rival President Uhuru Kenyatta who had First Lady Margeret Kenyatta by his side has also cast his vote at Mutomo Primary School Gatundu South in Kiambu County.
Mama Ngina Kenyatta and Uhuru brothers and sisters were also on hand to cast their votes.
More than 150,000 security forces including wildlife, prison and forestry officers — have been deployed for the voting process which ends at 5 pm (1400 GMT).