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Fact check: IEBC not conducting diaspora voting in Australia

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By Judith Gicobi

On Tuesday, Kenyans went to the polls to choose 290 members of the National Assembly, 1,450 members of the County Assembly, 47 senators, governors, and women representatives, as well as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s successor. Polls began at 6am across the nation.

There were numerous claims on Kenyan Twitter, Tuesday morning that claimed to show the results of a vote at the Kenyan Embassy in Australia. According to a fact check by a local media house, stories of votes allegedly cast by Australians living abroad in Kenya’s general election are untrue.

Only 12 nations—Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States of America, South Sudan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Germany—are participating in the diaspora voting process, according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Meanwhile, Kenya’s 22,120,448 registered voters will cast their ballots this year to choose their next president, in a race that has drawn four outlandish competitors: Raila Odinga of Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya, William Ruto of Kenya Kwanza, and George Wajackoyah of the Roots Party.

There are 10,443 Kenyans living abroad and 7,483 of them are entitled to vote in Kenya’s prisons.

There are 63 total political parties participating in the election, and there are at least 11,330 candidates vying for seats in those parties.

A total of 3752 independent candidates are running in the national election for various positions.

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