Voter simulation: A guideline of the voting exercise

In exactly 34 days, over 22 million eligible voters will be heading to the ballot to pick their preferred candidates in the General Elections in what is shaping out to be a hotly contested election.

During the elections, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has been mandated to carry out a free, fair and credible elections.

On Monday, the State Broadcaster, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) teamed up with IEBC to conduct a mock balloting exercise.

The simulation exercise was aimed at creating awareness on the voting process ahead of the August 9th General Election.

The set up was complete with a polling booth, ballot box, voting materials and a polling clerk who demonstrated how the actual voting process will look on the Election Day.

Voters were taken through the process of entering the polling station, voter identification, marking the ballot papers, casting their votes and exiting the station.

The elections held after five years, citizens are expected to elect six representatives who will serve them at the National and County level.

The six are; the Presidency (President and the Deputy President), Governors and their deputies, Senators, Members of the National Assembly, Women Representatives, and Members of the County Assembly (MCA’s).

Procedure for casting a vote:

The process begins when the voter enters the polling station. Voters are expected to acquire certain qualifications in order for them to be eligible to vote.

According to the IEBC, a person should be a Kenyan citizen, attained the age of 18 years, and be of sound mind.

Once the voter enters the polling station where is he registered to vote, IEBC officials are required to verify his documents.

They include his identification card or a valid passport. Persons without those documents will not be allowed to vote.

Officials from IEBC will later verify the voters information on the Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS) kit.

Issuance of ballot papers

After the identification, polling clerks will provide the voter with six ballot papers. The officials will then stamp the papers with an official mark from the IEBC.

Marking of the ballot papers

Voting in Kenya is the secret ballot. The voter should be alone in the box to pick his/her preferred candidate. In instances where the voter is illiterate or blind, they are required to be accompanied by a person who is above 18 years.

Where IEBC officials are present to assist the voter, agents within the polling the station shall accompany the IEBC officials assisting the voter.

Casting of votes

After marking the ballots papers in the booth, voters shall conceal their vote. The voter is expected to cast the six ballot papers in its respective box.

Votes appearing in the wrong box become a spoilt vote during counting.

After casting the votes, the voter is marked with an indelible ink to show that that he or she has voted as he/she leaves the polling station.

It is also a safety measure to ensure voters do not come back for a second time.

  

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