Prof. George Wajackoyah, a presidential candidate for the Roots Party, did not cast his ballot on Tuesday morning because his polling place’s election kiems kits were inoperative.
At just after 10 a.m., Prof. Wajackoyah arrived at the Indangalasia Primary School to cast his ballot. However, authorities reported that the Kenya Integrated Elections Management Systems (Kiems) kits had broken down and had asked guidance from the headquarters.
“You would have started from here. But we are experiencing a challenge. The problem is with the machine. There is nothing we can do (now). We have communicated to the headquarters, and they said they are coming. If it is okay, voters will be given their 11 hours from the time we start,” an Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) official told Prof Wajackoyah.
Prof. Wajackoyah received assurance from the official that he and the other voters in the polling place would be permitted to return after the situation had been settled.
Prof. Wajackoyah expressed confidence in a speedy resolution to the problem.
“I do not understand. Why is it not working? And can’t you just scan our identification documents and we vote? But do not worry. Things happen. As long as we do not go beyond today, we hope these issues are resolved,” Prof Wajackoyah told the IEBC official.