Kenya Decides 2022: Electoral commission says it’s ready for polls

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission says it is 98 percent prepared for Tuesday’s general election.

In Uasin Gishu, the commission’s officials led by County Returning Officer Irene Mutai assured the country that all systems and conditions to conduct the poll have been put in place.

Speaking during the conclusion of training of polling officials Saturday, Mutai indicated that they had received most of the materials required to conduct the polls. She said all ballot papers, including the presidential ones that had been delayed, have been delivered.

“By yesterday evening (Friday), we received all the Presidential ballot papers and we finished the exercise about 6.00PM. I can confirm we have all of them,” she said

“We are ready and if you told us to have it right now we will be in a position to have the election,” she added

The County Returning Officer disclosed that the electoral agency has begun rolling out the logistics of moving the voting materials from county warehouse to the tallying centers and while also branding the tallying centers. This is happening concurrently with the accreditation of poll agents, she said.

“Come Monday morning, we are going to have all the candidates, their chief agents, the media, and security as we deploy our staff, and election officials, to their polling stations but the main exercise is to break the seal of ballot papers for them to witness that they are still safe,” she said

At the conclusion of training of polling clerks Saturday, Mutai delivered a vote of confidence in the ability of all election officials to superintend the August 9 poll and ensure that the exercise is above reproach.

“The training has been more rigorous, they have been taken through a lot including doing exams during training to ensure that they have uniformity and a standard way across the country. Some have failed the exam and we ensured that they re-sit them and we have ensured that by the time they take the oath they are ready to serve,” she said while closing the training at the Eldoret National Polytechnic.

Looking ahead, she says she doesn’t anticipate any challenge even though she is worried that the rains that have been pounding the region may force a number of voters to stay home during Election Day, if the current trend were to continue.

Challenge, for us it’s nature. Its rain, if weather is unfavorable we fear that voter turnout may be low. But any other challenge I can’t see anything that will stop people from voting. We are only urging people to turn out and vote.


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