27/07/2011 - Posted by Neil King
Kenyan citizens living in the diaspora are set to vote in the presidential elections next year, capitalfm.co.ke has reported.The Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Bill, a draft of the proposed legislative changes, was released in the past week. It is expected that the Bill will be tabled in parliament for debate before being passed as a law.Under the new law, Kenyans, including those holding dual citizenship, will be able to seek elective positions during the Kenyan elections.Amina Bakari, a Kenyan in Bonn, Germany, welcomed the news, explaining: "When you are within a country, your perspectives are narrowed."Those of us who live outside are better voters, as we have a deeper appreciation and perspective of what development entails."Some three million Kenyans live abroad, according to estimates. The expatriates currently participate in the country's affairs largely by proxy.The next election in Kenya will mark the first time in the country’s history that citizens living in the diaspora will be allowed to vote.