Incident-free process in Nyandarua as Kwale reports delays, confusion
Nyandarua governorship candidate Moses Kiarie Badilisha said voting in the county was incident-free save for the biometric kits that were slow.
He said the Kiems kits were taking long to recognise fingerprints thus saying it might prevent some people from voting.
“The process is okay and people are calm but the machines are taking time. Fingerprints are taking so long to be recognised and we are worried that some people might be unable to vote because time might run out.
“I’d like to appeal to the officials here to allow people that will be inside the stations to be able to vote after gates are closed,” said the UDA candidate.
He said that voting is a very critical step in ensuring how the county and country will be run in the next five years and as many people as possible should be allowed to vote.
Badilisha who is seeking to unseat the incumbent, Francis Kimemia of Jubilee Party spoke after casting his vote at AC Primary School in Ol Kalou town.
Sammy Ngotho Waweru who is vying for the Ol Kalou parliamentary seat on UDA said that the voter turnout was great despite a chilly morning.
A spot check showed long queues as early as 6am in the morning.
Kimemia voted at a Primary School near his home area in Ndudori Gwa Kiongo while Nyandarua Speaker, Ndegwa Wahome who is seeking the governor’s seat cast his vote at his Alma mater, Munyeki primary school.
In Kwale, there was confusion and delays in some parts of Matuga and Kinango constituencies yesterday when area residents went to cast their votes.
The delays were caused by late arrival of voting materials and presiding officers overseeing the exercise a move that forced the election in some of the station to start as late as 9am.
Polling stations that delayed are Kombani, ziwani, Nyando and Kwale Baraza Park as well as those from Kinango.
One of the agents Abbas Mwayanga told journalists the exercise has delayed for around two hours causing confusion especially at Kombani polling station.