21 November 2012

Kenya: Polling Stations Record Mixed Results

Polling stations in the capital are registering mixed result in the third day of the IEBC voter registration exercise. Some centers such as Toi Primary which is serving voters from the Woodley, Kenyatta and Golf Course areas of Kibera ward registered a high turnout. A clerk at the center said, "We are getting people coming in large numbers.

We have so far registered close to 400 people which is in excess of the daily quota of 50 persons per kit." The center has two kits.

In Milimani Primary polling station however, the situation was different as the number of people turning up to register was low.

"This [Milimani Primary] polling station is a new center. People around this ward are used to Kilimani Primary and prefer to go there," said a IEBC clerk at the polling station.

The Kenya Polytechnic center of Nairobi Central in the Starehe ward has also experienced a large voter response. "The central location of the station is convenient for most people hence we have large numbers coming in," said a clerk at the station. The exercise is set to continue for the next 27 days in which the commission will target 18 million voters.

Initially polling stations across the country had experienced problems with the kits as some clerks had been given the wrong passwords for the kit.

However, the problem has since been rectified from the commission's head office at Anniversary towers along University Way.

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