4 March 2013

Kenya: Seamless Voting in Eldoret

Eldoret — Thousands of voters were in queues on Monday as early as 5am in most of the polling stations in Uasin Gishu County.

When Capital FM News arrived at Kapsoya centre near Eldoret Town, people stood in long lines as Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) staff ensured everything was in place ready for the exercise that kicked off at 6am.

"I am here to play my part as a voter, it is also my right and that is why I left my house at 4.30am to come and line-up. I ask other voters to do the same so that we can elect leaders of our choice," a voter at Kapsoya told Capital FM News.

Most of them expressed confidence that the voting process will go on peacefully.

"We are here to vote but we are also urging all Kenyans to know that Kenya is a great country. We should all live together as one for the sake of our children and their children. Whether you are Kikuyu, Kalenji, Luo, Kamba, wherever you come from, this Kenya is for all of us, let us know this our country," a voter at MV Patel in Eldoret Town urged.

IEBC officials and even the residents ensured there was peace and proper organisation as voting went on smoothly.

Former Eldoret North MP William Ruto voted at Kosache Primary School where he urged registered voters to turn out in big numbers to express their democratic right.

He also urged people not to be disrupted by sideshows intended to cow people from participating in the election.

Former Eldoret East MP Margaret Kamar cast her vote at Simatwet Secondary School in Moiben Constituency.

Tallying of the Uasin Gishu vote will be done at the Eldoret Municipal Hall.

The county which has 350,000 registered voters has six constituencies with most candidates running for the six elective positions on Ruto's United Republican Party (URP).

For the governor's seat, URP aspirant Jackson Mandago is in stiff competition with Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) candidate Kamar.

The senatorial seat has URP's Isaac Melly and ODM's aspirant Paul Birech.

The race of the Women Representative is tough between URP's Eusila Ngenyi a former Deputy Mayor of Eldoret and ODM's Moira Chepkok.

Judie is a Special Projects Reporter. She has eight years experience in Journalism in Kenya and Germany. She has scooped awards in Reproductive Health, Population and Development and Gender and Development. She has participated in international conferences in Germany. She has a soft spot for human rights and justice stories.

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