Counting of presidential ballots has started at D.E.B Karatina Primary School, Mathira Constituency in Nyeri County. Vote counting also ongoing at Nanyuki Central Park Polling station centre 04.
IEBC says 12,065,803 registered voters out of 22,120,458 had cast their vote by 4pm representing 56.17pc voter turnout; figure excludes those who used manual register and people still on queues.
IEBC says it is using the same system for election in all the polling stations to facilitate the election.
Elections in Eldas constituency in Wajir County was adjourned due to security reasons and voting will commence tomorrow at 6am.
Members of County Assembly Ward Nyaki West, North Imenti Constituency Meru County, Kwa Njenga Embakasi South Constituency, by elections will be held in the next two weeks.
Members of the public have been urged to utilize IEBC’s toll-free lines 1543 and 1544 should they wish to bring incidences to the commission’s attention.
Votes counting has started at Mikindani Primary polling station Jomvu Constituency Mombasa County. Also counting has commenced at Weru Secondary School Ol Jororok.
Voting at most polling stations have closed at 5PM. Voting extended for polling stations that had KIEMS challenges.
According to IEBC, 12,065,803 registered voters out of 22,120,458 had cast their vote by 4pm.
Elections in Eldas constituency in Wajir County adjourned due to security reasons and voting shall commence on Wednesday at 6am.
In Kisumu, Governor Anyang Nyong’o has called for an extension of voting in Nyanza region by two hours following the failure of KIEMS kits in the area.
Prof Nyong’o said the technological hitch at several polling stations had affected voting in Kisumu, Siaya, Migori and Homa Bay counties with a good number of voters in the area yet to cast their votes.
IEBC officials, he said were demanding voters to sign a KIEMS validation form before being allowed to be identified numerically to vote.
This, he said had further slowed the exercise with voters who queued to vote as early as 3am still stranded at the polling stations.
The forms, which were expected to be photocopied by the Returning Officers, he said were not available further delaying the process.
“These forms are not recorgnised in law and it is unfortunate for IEBC to introduce this measure after preparing for the elections for five years,” he said.
Prof Nyong’o said he has reached out to IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati to extend the exercise by two hours to allow those yet to vote to do so.
“We have long queues across the region with some of the voters who are elderly still lining up to cast their vote,” he said.
He asked IEBC to drop the procedure and use what is stipulated in law to allow all the registered voters in the area to vote.
He urged voters to remain calm adding that the matter was being addressed.
“I want them to remain calm. We shall do everything possible to make sure that they vote,” he said.
IEBC warns warned voters against violating the secrecy of the ballot by sharing photos of marked ballot papers.
In a post on their social media pages, the Wafula Chebukati-led agency stated that the offence is punishable by law.
This was after some voters took a picture of marked papers and posted them on twitter during the ongoing polls.
The Elections Offences Act requires every officer, candidate or agent in attendance at a polling station to maintain and aid in maintaining the secrecy of the ballot.
Former CS Adan Mohamed Jari, hopeful Governor Mandera County voting at Twakal 2 polling station, Neboi Ward Mandera East constituency.
Outgoing Elgeyo Marakwet governor Alex Tolgos who is vying for the senate seat under the Azimio la umoja ticket casts his vote at Kiptabus polling centre in Keiyo North constituency.
He called on candidates in this year’s election to accept the will of Kenyans once the elections results are out.
Speaking after casting his vote at Kiptabus polling centre in Keiyo North, Tolgos said any politician vying for any seat knows that there can only be two results, one either wins or loses.
The governor who is vying for the senate seat on the Azimio la umoja One Kenya coalition said all those vying were Kenyans saying for those who will win they will serve the country in their elective positions while those who lose will still serve the same country but in different capacities.
“I expect to win but in the unlikely event that I lose, I will still continue serving the people of this county in other capacities,” he said.
He therefore called on residents to continue maintaining peace and live in harmony saying election is just a political exercise which should not be viewed as a matter of life and death.
Keiyo North MP Dr James Murgor who voted at Kamariny primary school expressed confidence with the exercise but expressed concern over the low turnout compared to the 2017 elections.
Dr Murgor who is trying to retain his seat as an independent candidate hoped that the turnout will improve as the exercise which closes at 6.00pm progresses.
The UDA candidate Adams Kipsanai said the exercise was so far going on well and hailed IEBC for the organisation saying very minimal challenges were experienced.
Kipsanai called on residents to continue maintaining the peace during counting and even as the results start streaming in.
IEBC allows use of manual voter register in Makueni County for 84 polling stations.
Cecily Mbarire, Embu Gubernatorial candidate casts her vote at Kanja Primary School in Runyenjes Constituency, Embu County.
Governor Ali Roba
Mandera Governor Ali Roba casts his vote.
Prof. Wajackoya finally votes
Roots Party Presidential Candidate Prof. George Wajackoya has now been cleared to vote after failing to do so the first time.
According to IEBC officials at Indangalasi Polling Centre, the KIEMS kit used was not yet configured leading to delays in voting in the station.
Prof. Wajackoya who had gone to the polling station at Matungu Constituency where the KIEMS kit is being said the kit failed to work causing an inconvenience to him and other voters.
According to the presidential candidate, the KIEMS kit was out of charge and could not be used to identify his credentials though IEBC officials have insisted the problem was with configuration.
“I went there, and they said this is where you are supposed to vote but unfortunately the machine is not working so they could not have the opportunity to take my fingerprints,” said Prof. Wajackoya.
The Roots Party candidate also questioned the manual register which the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is required to use incase of failure by the KIEMS kit.
Murang’a Gubernatorial candidate on Jubilee ticket Jamleck Kamau casts his vote at Makomboki Primary School in Kigumo constituency.
Ken Lusaka voting at Mapera Primary Kamukuywa Bungoma County accompanied by senator Moses Wetangula and Kimilili MP Didmas Barasa.
Azimio La Umoja Coalition Party Presidential candidate Rt Hon Raila Odinga and Mama Ida Odinga arrive to cast their votes at Old Kibera Primary School.
Franco Esposito an independent candidate for Kilifi gubernatorial position casts his vote at Mapimo vocational polling station. Says the voter turnout exceeded his expectations.
Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Polycarp Igathe gets ready to cast his vote at KTTC – Karura ward.
The Azimio Gubernatorial candidate for Nairobi County Polycarp Igathe has said that end of the election exercise tomorrow Wednesday should be a time for Kenyans to unite and become one country.
Igathe who was addressing the media after casting his vote today at Muthaiga Primary School said there should be no reason whatsoever for Kenyans to hurt and hate one another as they are people of one country.
“We are one country Taifa moja, Kenya moja” Igathe while urging the electorate to vote peacefully.
He at the same time told Kenyans to remember that democracy is about the majority having their way and the minority having their say.
He said this is the first in a long time that all political candidates in this electioneering period were able to sell their policies and campaign across the country regardless of where a candidate hails from.
Igathe said freedom is healthy as it reduces the political risks of the country.
President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives at Gatundu South Polling Station to cast his vote at Mutomo Primary.
The Head of State, who was accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, cast his vote shortly after 9.00 am and urged Kenyans to vote peacefully.
“Vote peacefully and go home to wait for the results,” President Kenyatta said.
Responding to questions from the media, the President said the voting exercise at the Mutomo Primary School polling station was smooth and he hoped the same will apply across the country.
Before accompanying the President to Gatundu, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta had cast her vote at St. Mary’s School in Nairobi County shortly before 7.00 am.
Garissa Governor Ali Korane casts his vote at Guest House Polling Station Garissa County.
ODM Gubernatorial Candidate Gideon Mungaro casting his vote at Dabaso Primary Polling Cente, Kilifi North Constituency.
Homa Bay County Gubernatorial Candidate Evans Kidero lining up to vote at Asumbi Primary School in Rangwe Constituency.
Moses Wetang’ula casting his vote at Namakhele polling station, Kapchai Constituency, Bungona County. He urged Kenyans to maintain peace no matter the outcome of the elections so that Kenya can be built. Thanks media for keeping Kenyans abreast of the situation of the ground.
Dr. Brian Lishenga
ODM Senatorial candidate Dr. Brian Lishenga casting his vote at Maraba Polling Station in Lurambi constituency, Kakamega County.
Mwangi wa Iria
Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria ques ready to vote.
Kirinyaga County Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici casts her vote at Kaitheri Polytechnic.
David Mwaure Waihiga
Agano Party leader David Mwaure Waihiga arrives at UpperHill Boys’ High School.
Environment CS Keriako Tobiko casts his ballot at Noonkipir Girl’s Secondary School in Kajiado. Urges Kenyans to maintain calm whatever the outcome.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i casts his ballot at Manga Girls PAG High School in Borabu, Nyamira.
Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party presidential running mate Martha Karua, arrives at Mugumo Primary School to cast her vote. She arrived at 5.45 am.
She has urged Kenyans to come out and vote and says their vote will determine the direction this country will take.
Deputy President William Ruto arrives at Kosachei Primary School in Uasin Gishu County to cast his vote. He is accompanied by his wife Rachel Ruto.
He arrived 2 minutes before the polling stations were opened.
UDA Gubernatorial Candidate Aisha Jumwa casting her vote at Kakuyuni Boys Polling Center in Malindi Constituency, Kilifi County