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IEBC better prepared for repeat poll – Election Observer Groups

Election observer groups on Friday said the IEBC was better prepared for Thursday’s fresh presidential poll.

The Election Observation Group (ELOG) said in 99.6 per cent of the polling stations they oversaw, ballot papers were stamped with IEBC officials before being issued to voters.

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The Kenya Integrated Electoral Management Systems (Kiems) Kits failed to function properly in only 4.8% of the polling stations they managed to man.

However, more than 25 people were turned away from the centers in at least 28.8% of the polling stations they observed.

ELOG says in 57.7% of polling stations at least one person was identified manually, and not biometrically using the electronic voter identification devices.

The secrecy of ballot was observed in 86% of the polling stations. There were queues in poll stations as early as 5am.

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In 15% of polling stations, EOG said at least 25 people were being assisted to vote-majorly women.

Elog executive director Regina Opondo| PHOTO COURTESY-The Star

“Our observers reported there was a printout of the data contained in KIEMS, which was used to verify voter information. This was not present during the August 8 election,” ELOG executive director Regina Opondo said as quoted by The Star.

In most of polling stations observed the ballots box seals were intact before counting.

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They also witnessed signing of the forms, scanning and entry into KIEMS and confirmation messages.

However in some polling stations, there was disruption and destruction of polling materials , as well as harassment of observers and IEBC officials.

Opondo said more than 70 people were killed and about 60 others raped in post-election chaos.

Scores of others have been injured and property worth millions destroyed.


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