Another Parliamentary Election Suspended Indefinitely

  • An image of a ballot box
    IEBC officials open a ballot box after the Law Society of Kenya election exercise at Nyeri law court station on February 18, 2012.
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  • Registered voters in Rongai constituency, Nakuru County, will not be able to vote for their preferred lawmaker following suspension of the exercise.

    Reports indicate that voting on the Parliamentary seat category was suspended indefinitely following a mix up in ballot papers with those of Kuresoi South.

    It is, however, still not clear what caused the mix-up or the way forward for the voters who had showed up at their respective polling stations.

    Voters at Mercy Njeri Primary school in Rongai Constituency also reported that there were missing ballot boxes and papers for the parliamentary seat.

    Kenyan electoral ballots
    Ballot boxes that were used during the Msambweni by-elections on December 14, 2020.

    Voting in other categories including the Presidency, Gubernatorial, senatorial, Woman Rep and Member of County Assembly is still ongoing.

    the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will, therefore, be expected to gazette new poll dates for the affected region to conduct fresh MP polls.

    This suspension comes just a day after IEBC announced that gubernatorial voting exercise would not take place in Kakamega and Mombasa counties.

    Speaking on Monday, August 8, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati explained that the elections in the two counties were postponed after it was established that the ballot papers had wrong pictures as well as the candidate details.

    The chairman explained that the error was devoid of any political persuasion despite leaders allied to Azimio la Umoja raising eyebrows over the mishap.

    “No politics is involved. We do election management. We will ensure voters in those areas elect leaders of their choice as soon as possible and the candidates will be the same.

    "The order for the ballot papers went in late, the printer will shoulder the cost. We are committed to delivering a free and fair election.  In every operation, it is normal to have hitches, and human errors occur," explained Chebukati.

    While appearing on TV, IEBC Commissioner Abdi Guliye also absolved the commission of any blame noting that the printing firm was responsible for the mess adding that it had owned up to the mistake.

    IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati addressing the press at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, August 8, 2022.jpg
    IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati addressing the press at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, August 8, 2022.