Kenyan Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman, Isaack Hassan says the Commission has taken all the necessary measures to ensure areas with high number of registered voters did not experience delays due to long queues.
He says after Sunday's mock elections, the Commission noticed that they may experience delays in the voting exercise in areas with high number of registered voters and added that, slightly over 10,000 out of the total of 38,000 polling stations countrywide may be affected by the delays due to expected long queues.
The mock elections conducted in about 1,450 polling stations indicated that one person may take up to a maximum of 10 minutes to vote for the 6 different positions during the elections and this, according to IEBC may be inadequate for the poll body to complete the exercise for areas with high number of voters forcing them to look for other ways to address the situation.
Chairman Hassan however ruled out the possibility of extending the voting period to a second day but was quick to point out that those still in queues will not be denied their right to take part.
Speaking during the same event, the head of the African Union observation group Joaquim Chissanno expressed satisfaction that IEBC was up to the challenge to deal with eventualities to conduct credible elections that are free and fair.