25 February 2013

Kenya: Low Voter Turn-Out At Mock Elections

Yesterday's mock elections organized by the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission(IEBC) of Kenya as a test run before the General Election recorded a low voter turnout though voting centres had the necessary voting material by 6am and the staff were ready at the 1,450 polling centers across the country earmarked for the trial run.

The IEBC officials attributed the low turn out to people having to attend church before going for the exercise.

The trial exercise was aimed at educating Kenyans on how they will vote come Monday, March 4, 2013 and also to test the data transmission system which will give the IEBC an indication as to how long each voter was likely to take in the polling booth.

A selected number of voters from each of the targeted polling stations were expected to show up and go through the exercise as each had to mark the ballots for the president, governor and running mate, senator, MP, women county representative and county assembly representative.

In most of the stations, majority of those who turned up expressed concern over the length of time it was taking them to cast their votes with complains on "confusing ballot papers and ballot boxes colors", being some of the challenges.

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