Kenyans Head to the Polls in Large Numbers

Kenyans turned up in huge numbers to vote as early as 4 a.m. Monday in various polling stations in the country’s historic elections. Long queues were witnessed at most polling stations across the country. Voting started at 6 a.m. and will end at 5 p.m.

This is the first time Kenyans are voting for a president, 290 members of parliament, 47 governors, 47 senators, 47 county representatives and 47 women representatives.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has acknowledged it was facing challenges in many polling stations countrywide. In cases where the biometric voting machines failed, presiding officers resorted to manual verification. IEBC Chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan is expected to issue a statement from Bomas of Kenya shortly. In the meantime, he has asked Kenyans not to be discouraged and remain calm.

Below are  Twitter photos from across the country.

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