There are four candidates on the presidential ballot but the other two, Prof. George Wajackoyah and Bishop Waihigwa Mwaure barely make a blip in the opinion polls. It is a two-horse race between Raila and Ruto.
Side-by-side image of Dr. William Samoei Ruto and his nemesis Eng. Raila Amollo Odinga. Only one will be declared the winner in today's contest.
The duo vied on one side in the ignominious 2007-08 polls in which they controversially lost to Emilio Mwai Kibaki. Today they face each other on opposite sides. The
The latest pre-match statistics appear to favor Raila Odinga with all credible polls giving him a narrow margin over his opponent but it's DP Ruto who drove the hardest and sometimes most ruthless campaign.
The DP who always admitted to being a political student of Raila Odinga must have begun his campaigns the day President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta was inaugurated for the second term. Thereafter the DP used a falling out with his boss, Uhuru, as an excuse and hit the campaign trail fully, four years ago.
Deputy President Dr. William Ruto has campaigned relentlessly for the last four years.
Conversely for Raila, until late last year, he had not formally indicated his desire to contest.
On one hand, Raila comes into the race with an impressive resume having identified with the emancipation of Kenya from constitutional servitude for the last three decades. Raila is centrally associated with the struggle for the Second Liberation which culminated in Kenya receiving the 2010 Constitution.
Raila executed a masterstroke by picking Martha Wangari Karua who is equally identified with the liberation movement and social justice causes as his running mate.
On the other hand, Dr. William Samoei Ruto comes into the race with a track record of identifying with the common man. Whether it's real or purely meant for optics the immensely wealthy Ruto has curved for himself the perception that he speaks for the downtrodden ordinary people.
Lashing onto the current tough economic times, Dr. Ruto claims to offer a panacea in his bottom-up economic formula that hugely resonates with the youth.
By nightfall today Kenya will decide whether it takes the path of hope and revival of working institutions of government presented by the Raila and Karua ticket or the path of experimenting with the bottom-up economic recovery presented by Ruto and Gachagua.
Whatever path Kenya chooses today peace and tranquility should prevail.
Raila's choice of Martha Karua as running mate was a masterstroke.
Other statistics are that this election is the most expensive yet to be held in the African continent. The number of contestants for elective posts is also the highest since Kenya gained independence in 1963.
Some 22,120,458 voters spread across the 290 constituencies and 46,229 polling centers are registered to vote.
Four presidential candidates are the smallest number since the return of the multiparty system in 1992, but a record 2,132 aspirants are eyeing the 290 National Assembly seats, and another 12,994 seeking the 1,450 County Assembly (MCA) positions.
No doubt the best man will win.
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