IEBC allows use of manual register in Makueni and Kakamega counties

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was Tuesday forced to use Manual Voters Register in select areas of Makueni and Kakamega counties due to technological failure of the Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS) kit.

Speaking during a press conference, IEBC Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera outlined 84 polling stations in Kibwezi Constituency and 54 polling stations in polling stations in Malava, Matungu,Mumias East and Mumias West constituencies.

However according to the commission, the technological hitches should not be a reason to raise alarm on the conduct of the general elections as the issues have been cited on a small fraction of the polling stations.

In Makueni, the register was used in 84 polling stations in Kibwezi west Constituency

Following the failure of the KIEMS in the affected polling stations the voters started voting at Mid-day after the commission Vice- Chair  Juliana Cherera approved the use of the Manuel register.

“Voters in the affected polling stations will be given extra time to compensate for the lost hours,” said Makueni County Returning Officer Maurice Raria while speaking to KNA on Tuesday evening on Telephone.

“Printed register is only available for use when the Biometric voter identifications failed,” said Raria.

He said the failure of the KIEMS has not affected the voter turnout in the area saying Voters came back in their large numbers to vote.

“Currently we are experiencing a high number of turn out after the officials started using the Manual register to identify voters in the polling stations,” he said.

Kibwezi West constituency is the third largest with 91,554 Voters.

On missing 189 senatorial ballot papers at Mavuti primary school polling station in Mbooni Constituency, Raria said the candidates agreed that it will not have much impact on voting adding that none of them will have advantage over the other.

Meanwhile, Narc Kenya senatorial Candidate Patrick Mbau said that IEBC must ensure every voter is given an opportunity to vote.

“There is no need for people to wake up early in the morning to vote and fail to cast their votes because of the failure of KIEMs Kit,” said Mbau while speaking to the media after casting his vote at Mukuyuni primary in Kaiti Constituency on Tuesday afternoon.


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