5 things you need to know about the Kenyan Elections today

The Opposition showcased to Kenyans what the country would look like under a NASA Government.

NASA launched its 2017 manifesto a day after the Jubilee Party under President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto unveiled their own.

NASA 2017 Manifesto

NASA launched its 2017 manifesto at the Waterfront Grounds, Ngong Racecourse, Nairobi.

The manifesto is based on six-point plan of: Nation building, state building, transforming governance, realising social & economic rights, creating jobs and regional & international cooperation.

“Nasa coalition exists to pursue five objectives namely: to promote national unity; to uphold, guard and respect the dignity of all individuals and communities; to return the country to the path of constitutional and democratic development; end the culture of impunity; and restore sanity in the management of the economy and public affairs of our nation,” NASA said in its document.

Bomas of Kenya closure

The management of Bomas of Kenya has announced its closure to the public ahead of the August.

Bomas, which will be the National Tallying Centre, will be closed for two months.

“We wish to inform our esteemed clients that we will remain closed to the members of the public from Saturday 1st July 2017 to Thursday 1st August 2017. We shall resume our normal operations on Friday 1st September 2017,” a statement from the management said.

Epic 19 million battle

IEBC on Tuesday announced the exact number of Kenyans who will vote in the August 8 elections after an audit by KPMG.

Kenya's two main political sides, Jubilee and NASA will have fight it out for 19,611,423 Kenyans eligible to vote in August, according to the IEBC figures.

Nairobi County has the highest number of voters with 2.2 million followed by Kiambu (1.18 million), Nakuru (949,618), Kakamega (743,736), Meru (702, 480), Machakos (620, 254), Murang’a (587,126), Mombasa (580,223), Bungoma (559,850), Kisii (546,580), Kisumu (539,210), and Kilifi (508,068).

Al Ghurair ballot tender award case

The hearing of the case contesting the award of the controversial Sh2.5 billion ballot printing tender to Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing will be heard on Friday.

Presiding judge Justice Joel Ngugi gave the orders on Tuesday when parties appeared before a three judge-bench also comprising of Justices Joseph Mativo and George Odunga who were appointed by Chief Justice David Maraga to hear the judicial review filled NASA.

Uhuru's charm offensive

Barely days after NASA leader Raila Odinga visited the upper Eastern counties of Meru and Tharaka Nithi counties, President Kenyatta took his charm offensive to the area.

In what appears as an attempt to consolidate votes in what is considered as his stronghold, Kenyatta issued 7,137 title deeds to Tharaka Nithi residents.

He also assured residents that his administration plans to construct a dam in Tharaka Nithi to alleviate the water problem in the county.

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