After Kiems Kits failed to function in several areas of Kakamega and Makueni Counties, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has now declared that they have granted the go-ahead for the use of manual register.
The electoral commission said in a news conference today that they have instructed the returning officers from the impacted districts to use the manual register after determining that the kits had completely failed to function.
The affected locations, according to the commission, include 155 polling places in Kakamega County's Malava, Matungu, Mumias West, and Mumias East Constituencies, as well as 84 polling places in Kibwezi West Constituency.
According to an IEBC commissioner, the commission will only permit the use of manual registers once it has been established that the failure of the kits is the single factor contributing to the inability to identify voters.
She explained that the Returning Officers in the impacted areas must first send a formal email to the commission requesting the use of the manual register in order for the procedure to be authorized.
The IEBC commissioner stated that "in the impacted areas, the returning officers from the areas have written to the commission to request permission to utilize the manual register."
Remember that yesterday's court decision mandated that we follow that method, she said.
The electoral commission also disclosed that they had asked the returning officers to prolong the voting period past the scheduled 5 PM by the amount of time lost in places where the voting process was delayed.
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