IEBC Issues 7 Guidelines To Be Followed By Voters On August 9th

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has published a seven-step instructional guide for Kenyans to follow on August 9 when they cast their votes.

On that day, polls are expected to open at 6 am and close at 5 pm across the nation. The polls will remain open for an extended period of time for individuals who have not yet voted but who will be there when they close.

Here is the breakdown of the seven-step guide to be followed by voters.

1. Opening of polling stations

Voters are required to visit the polling station with their Identification Cards or Kenyan Passports. All polling places will open at 6am. Any voter who wishes to cast their ballot in the August election must have an ID card.

2.  Voter identification  and authentication via the KIEMS kit

Voter identification is the second step, which is authenticated using the KIEMS kit. Through its electronic voting technology, known as the Electronic Voter Identification (EVID) system, the kit will electronically identify the voter. Voter identification confirms that a voter’s name is indeed on the voters’ register, establishing their eligibility to  vote.

3. Issued of 6 stamped ballot papers

An IEBC official hands the voter six voting papers that have been stamped after the voter has successfully been identified and authenticated using the KIEMS kit. The ballots will be for candidates for president, governor, senator, members of parliament, woman representatives, and county assembly members.

4. The voter will then move to the booth and marks the ballot papers secretly

Once the ballot papers have been marked, the voter will proceed to cast the ballot using the appropriate voting boxes. The name and symbol of the voter’s candidate must be marked on the ballot paper with either a tick  or a cross.

The symbol is either of the party or an independent candidate. Most importantly, a voter is required to use one symbol and it should be marked inside the box.

5. The voter casts the ballot papers in the labeled ballot boxes

The voter must fold each ballot after marking it for each position in order to conceal their vote. After that, the voter should vote on each of the six ballot papers that are issued for each position in accordance with the color of the papers.

The Presiding Officer and the party agents watch as this process is carried out. To prevent spoiling the vote, the voter must make sure that each vote is cast in the appropriate ballot boxes.

6. Permanent ink is used to mark the voter’s finger.

After casting their ballot, the voter moves toward the exit, where a clerk is stationed. The voter is then marked with an indelible ink, which is applied to the small finger on the left hand or, in the case of nail polish, to the region between the index and middle fingers.

The ink cannot be easily erased because it is designed to last for several hours and is used to identify voters and prevent people from voting twice.

7. The voter  Leaves the Polling Station

The voter is supposed to leave the polling station after casting their ballot. The voter has the option of going home, to work, or engaging in any other activity.

Voters are not expected to loiter around the polling station. The voter will have to wait until the Returning Officer announces the final tally and results to get to know winners in the various elective posts

 

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