Sabahi (Washington, DC)

25 February 2013

Kenyan Mock Elections Reveal Voters Need Education

Mock elections conducted in 1,450 polling stations across Kenya on Sunday (February 24th) revealed that voters still need more education, Kenya's The Standard reported.

Voters in the mock polls conducted by Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) took at least eight minutes to cast six ballots, raising concerns that many people may not be able to vote before the polls close at 5 pm poll on election day.

Polling clerks in Kisumu said many voters also required assistance to cast their ballots. "Most voters did not get civic education, if today's exercise is anything to go by," said Evans Masaai, a presiding officer in Busia County.

IEBC Chief Executive Officer James Oswego said the commission would improve efficiency based on responses from the exercise. "We hope that those who take part in the exercise will give their personal responses so that we can know areas of improvement," Oswago said.

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