The final shipment of ballots from Greece has arrived, signaling a significant development in the election process that will culminate with voting on Tuesday next week.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will be busier in the coming days or weeks if they haven’t been already. Even though clearing candidates was difficult, it was still much more straightforward than running a general election.
There will be 16,100 candidates running in the elections on August 9. They are looking to the IEBC for a fair process and good outcome as they compete for the 1,882 open seats.
The logistical difficulty, though, is getting crucial election materials to the 42,299 polling places and the 290 constituencies in time for Tuesday’s voting, which starts at 6 a.m.
The process of transporting ballots from the individual constituency tallying centers to polling places should have taken place on Monday by then.
The IEBC predicts that the materials’ delivery will cost Sh700 million.
The materials, which also comprise statutory documents and the kits for the Kenya Integrated Election Management System (Kiems), to be used in identifying voters and transferring results, would be delivered, according to IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati, in the following two days.
Commissioner Francis Wanderi stated yesterday at the IEBC warehouse in Nairobi that 90% of the non-strategic materials had been sent to constituencies.
With the arrival of all the ballots for all six seats up for election, I can confidently state that everything is now in motion, according to Wanderi. On August 1, we began distributing our ballots.
He said that 60% of the ballots had been delivered, with ballots for 439 National Assembly jobs, 410 Woman Representative roles, 368 Senate positions, and 364 Governor positions already distributed on pallets.
The electoral office is completing the training of the 300,000 poll workers who will be stationed throughout the nation. Police officer training is already complete.