KIEMS kit failures, vote flow confusion, challenges facing IEBC on election day

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Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials in most parts of the country were able to open polling stations on time, with only isolated incidents of delay in Mombasa.

Political leaders led the charge, showing up to vote as early as 6 a.m. when voting began. Vice President William Ruto, Senior Counsel Martha Karua and Mathira Rigathi MP Gachagua were among the first politicians to vote before 7am on Tuesday.

Here are some things voters can expect when they go to the polls:

KIEMS hitch kit

Voters can expect to take up to 10 minutes to go through the voting process, mostly due to biometric voter identification issues.

MP Gachagua was among the voters whose details could not be retrieved by KIEMS kits, forcing IEBC officials to use the manual voter register.

Also due to internet connectivity issues, IEBC officials in Changamwe – Mombasa constituency experienced delays of up to two hours in initiating the voting process at polling stations.

Voting stream mixes

The IEBC advised voters to retrieve details of their vote streams from polling centers to avoid queuing on the wrong lines.

Presidential running mate Karua was one of the voters whose contact details could not be found on one stream and had to be transferred to another stream before she could vote.

By sending his Identification number#Year of birth at USSD code 70000, a voter can easily receive their polling station details, including the feed to report once at the polling station.

6 elections suspended

After Rongai’s suspension, there are now four constituencies where MP elections would take place later. The other three are Kitui Rural, Pokot South and Kacheliba whose ballot papers contained errors.

The Mombasa and Kakamega gubernatorial elections were also suspended due to errors in the ballot papers.

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