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BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,8TH AUGUST,2017-The independent Electoral and boundaries commission IEBC has expressed satisfaction on the voting process since the exercise begun at 6am on Tuesday. IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati however says a few challenges have been experienced in various parts of the country.
Addressing the press at the Bomas Of Kenya Tuesday afternoon Chebukati touched on delays reported in Turkana county specific Turkana west where four polling station delayed to commence voting due to heavy rains that have hit the area.
Other constituencies in Turkana are Turkana North with 4 polling stations delaying to start the exercise on time as well as Loima where two polling stations have been affected.Chebukati however says the areas affected will be compensated by same amount of time to vote just like other parts of the country.
The other areas affected by delays are some polling stations in Laikipia where cases of insecurity were reported in earlier hours of Tuesday with Chebukati assuring the voters in the county that security has since been restored.Ndia constituency in Kirinyaga county and Nakuru east constituency had their papers swapped accidentally before the situation was rectified.
cases of wrongly marked ballot papers were reported in Mariakani kilifi county as well as Embakasi west constituency with Chebukati clarifying that they were not rejected ballot papers.The officer responsible has since been arrested.
Chebukati also commended Kiem sytems which have been used to identify voters before they vote .He says the systems hve worked well a part from a few cases where returning officers have used numeric method of identification.
On voters in prisons Chebukati says the exercise will be complete by the end of official voting period at 5pm as well as voters in the diaspora where 4,300 kenyans are voting.The diaspora voters are in Rwanda,Tanzania,Burundi ,Uganda and South Africa.
Another update from the IEBC will be coming up at around 6pm.
Kenyans with questions are invited to contact IEBC through among others these hotline numbers 1527 and 1529 as well as social media platforms.