KENYA AUG 8 ELECTIONS: FIRST BATCH OF PRESIDENTIAL BALLOT PAPERS ARRIVE FROM DUBAI

NAIROBI, The first batch of the Kenyan Presidential ballot papers has arrived in the country Monday evening from Dubai.

The papers for 30 counties were received by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officials at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The second batch of the remaining ballot papers will arrive Tuesday evening.

The ballot papers printed by Dubai based Al Ghurair Printing Company are in 416,360 booklets and each booklet has 50 pages.

The Presidential ballot papers are 20,818,000 against 19,646,673 registered voters which means they are inclusive of a one per cent provision in case of spoilt votes.

The ballot papers contain special marks that can only be seen in ultra-violent light and serialized to guard against irregular use in polling centres.

Printing of the Presidential ballot papers started last week after the Appeals Court gave IEBC the green light go to print the papers after it appealed a high court ruling which had barred Al Ghurair company from printing the presidential ballot papers.

The presidential election will be contested by eight candidates – President Uhuru Kenyatta of Jubilee Party, ODM’s Raila Odinga, Cyrus Jirongo of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Ekuru Aukot of Thirdway Alliance, Abduba Dida of the Alliance for Real Change (ARC), and Independent candidates Joseph Nyagah, Michael Wainaina and Japheth Kavinga.

Ballot papers for Governor, Women Representative, and Senate elections have already arrived in the country.

Meanwhile, acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i has once again called on Kenyans to vote and leave the polling station come august 8th.

Dr. Matiang’i has also asked youth to maintain peace during and after the poling day cautioning them against being used by politicians whose intentions is to create disharmony among Kenyans.

The CS said Kenyans should treat the august 8th general election just like any other general election and not allow themselves to be emotionally hoodwinked to think this year’s elections is a do or die for them.

The statement by the Interior CS comes a time when the country is only eight days away from the general election.

The general election which has been touted as a close contest has seen politician use every tactic available to consolidate their voting base.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK