As October 26 repeat elections beckons, first batch of ballot papers arrive in Nairobi


Preparations for October 26 repeat elections kicked into high gear as the first batch of ballot papers arrived in Nairobi on Saturday night.

The consignment arrived aboard an El Etihad flight and consisted of ballot papers to be used in ten counties and those to be used by those voters abroad.

According to the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials the ten counties were prioritized as they are furthest from Nairobi and this would avoid delays on election day.

The counties include Marsabit, Wajir, Isiolo, Mandera, Garissa, Samburu, Turkana and Laikipia.

The polls body expects the second consignment of ballot papers for 22 counties to arrive in the country on  Monday at 5pm.

The third and final batch is expected in the country on Tuesday at 10am and will consist of ballot papers for 15 counties.

The ballot papers consignment also included KIEMS forms and the Polls Results Management (PRM) checklist.

The papers have been printed by Dubai-based Al Ghurair Security and Printing Company.

The polls body officials say that security features on all the papers have been enhanced to guard against forgeries and these include bar-codes on all the ballot papers and the PRM checklists.

The PRM checklists are where Returning Officers will note down the number of agents present, those who signed the results forms and those who failed to sign and why.

The paper material has also been improved to ensure scanning churns out clear copies prior to transmission.

All forms 34A also contain the name of the specific polling station where they are supposed to be used.

This means a form meant for a particular polling station cannot be used to record election results in a different polling station without raising eye-brows.