Several polling locations reported KIEMS Kit malfunctions to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
IEBC commissioner Justus Nyang'aya denied widespread KIEMS kit failures on Tuesday, saying isolated occurrences were attributable to routine technological breakdown.
By 1 p.m. Tuesday, the IEBC reported only 200 malfunctioning kits. "We've received and addressed roughly 200 failed KIEMS kits out of 46,229," Nyanga'aya told the journalists. "Technology breaks and we have ways to fix it, which we've done." I think this is typical. "
According to Nyang'aya, the IEBC expects some kits to fail, but not widely. IEBC vice chairwoman Juliana Cherera mentioned polling in the same press conference.
Ms. Cherera says that when the kits fail, ICT officers investigate the cause, and the returning officer e-mails the IEBC to request permission to utilize the manual register.
George Wajackoyah was among those compelled to wait at the Indangalasia Primary School polling location early Tuesday. The presidential candidate said he was unhappy and blamed IEBC for the failure.
"I'm sad since all my competitors have voted; Raila voted, Mwaure voted." Ruto voted; I congratulated him. Why me? Why Kakamega? Why weren't the kits tested? "I'm speechless," he said.
Prof. Wajackoyah called Kakamega one of his voter strongholds, claiming the delay was hurting his campaign. I'm not an engineer, so I listen when they say the kits don't work. He's lost millions of votes in Kakamega, one of his strongholds.
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