Following the publication of this photo of Kenya's Presidential ballot paper online, Kenyans have engaged in an online debate. Kenyans debated whether the vote was valid or invalid because the voter did not mark or place any symbol on the preferred candidate, instead writing some words commonly used during the campaign season.
The names and dates of the presidential candidates were printed on the ballot paper, and a little box was positioned at the end of the candidates for voters to mark. Any mark within the box is required by the voter. It should not go beyond the box because it will be valid.
This voter did not mark but instead wrote "The 5th" on Raila and Karua's side. Kenyans argued over whether the vote was still valid or if it was invalid because the voter used a symbol not required by the IEBC.
However, the IEBC stated that the voter may use any mark as long as it is within the box. What are your thoughts? Is it correct or is it null and void? Here are some of Kenyans' mixed reactions on social media.
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