BY CORRESPONDENTS/KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,8TH AUG,2017-Kenyans on Tuesday 8 turned up in large numbers to vote for their preferred candidates in an exercise that is slated to end at 5pm. spot check done by upesinews.co.ke in various polling stations across the country indicate that the process was largely successful without many incidents.
Security has also been beefed up in all polling centers with voters taking at least 4 minutes to complete the voting.Reports of delayed voting have also been relayed with our reporters mainly indicating that several counties have been affected due to various reasons.In Loima in turkana county voters delayed to begin voting for over 6 hours with voting materials delaying to arrive at the various polling centers.
This is due to poor roads network in the area which are impassable following heavy rains that have pounded the county in the last three days.Third Force alliance candidate Dr Ekuru Aukot also was affected by the situation voting late.The independent Electoral and bounderies commission IEBC had however to move in and provide helicopter to ferry the voting materials.
Voting was delayed for more than two hours at Kisumu County’s Rabour Primary School polling centre after the electronic kits failed to work.
The delay in voting has also been witnessed in Nyamira county.This is after kiems system developed a technical hitch due to network problems.This has led to delay in some poling centers.
In Mvita constituency, Mombasa County, there was confusion at Lasco Club polling station after a ballot box was found unsealed.
The presidential ballot box was found with a hole and caused a delay after the voters caused a furor and demanded it to be changed.
Anti-riot police officers were deployed at the centre to restore order.
Delayed of voting at Greenspan polling centre in Embakasi East constituency was been attributed to lack of furniture and tents.
The polling centre is at the parking lot of a mall. IEBC officials have decided to improvise for voting to start and they will use a car wash shed.