Travel rush ahead of Kenya’s general elections

Eldoret town is seen as the stronghold of William Ruto

Travel companies in Kenya are seeing a surge in last-minute bookings and travels ahead of Tuesday’s landmark general elections.

A spot check by BBC in Western Kenya found hundreds of passengers trying to get home to their registered polling stations. In some areas, bus fares have almost doubled due to demand.

The western region is home to Kenya’s second most populous ethnic community and is seen as a swing region. It has a combined voter population of 2.6 million spread across five counties.

“Here in Bungoma we are all OK. We have seen a lot of travellers passing through here as they head to Busia town [on the border with Uganda] where they registered as voters,” said travel agent Kennedy Ajimbi.

In Eldoret town, voters have also been verifying if they are on the final election register.

Eldoret in Kenya’s Rift valley is seen as the stronghold of Deputy President William Ruto who will on Tuesday be casting his vote in his hometown of Sugoi.

“Yes, we’re going to have a free fair and transparent and credible process, the area’s electoral returning officer Irene Mutahi said.

Source: BBC

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