Kenyans head to polls as opposition leader calls for boycott

There are eight names presidential candidates on the ballot, including opposition leader Raila Odinga's.

FILE: Polling station officials count the ballots at a polling station in Archers Post, Samburu County, in Kenya on 8 August 2017. Picture: AFP

MOMBASA - Kenyans again head to the polls on Thursday morning as tensions continue to mount.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has called on his supporters to boycott the vote and start a campaign of civil disobedience against the government.

Incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta had the final say at the end of a day filled with political uncertainty, protests and rising tensions.

In an address to the nation, he called for calm and asked those who would not go and vote to respect those who will queue to cast their ballots.

There are eight presidential candidates on the ballot, including opposition leader Odinga's.

But he's made clear that his supporters won't be participating in what they call 'sham elections' and instead told people to stay home to avoid being 'massacred' by the government.

Security is tight as polls open and already there've been reports of electoral commission officials failing to show up at some polling stations in opposition strongholds, as they fear they will become targets.