The Star (Nairobi)

22 February 2013

Kenya: Pregnant Women Will Not Queue - IEBC

THE elderly, disabled and pregnant women will be given first priority at polling centres during the March 4 elections. Addressing journalists during a sensitization workshop on election coverage at Golf hotel in Kakamega yesterday, regional elections coordinator Western region George Oyugi said the IEBC will give special consideration to the vulnerable groups.

"We understand that pregnant women need special attention, the elderly are weak and the disabled are physically challenged. We will therefore allow them to vote early." said Oyugi.

He said the group will be allowed to vote as soon as they arrive at the polling centers without having to line up on the queues. Pregnant women in Kiambu and Nairobi on Teusday asked the IEBC to give them priority during the elections.

The women said they should not be made to queue to cast their votes. Speaking on their behalf Saidia Dada Network Kenya and Sanitary Towel Ambassador Beatrice Muta said pregnant women were made to queue for long during the party nominations in January. Muta said this discouraged most of them who went back home without casting their votes.

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