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Date:08 Aug 2017
Final #KenyaElections Update: Voting ongoing in a calm but tense atmosphere

Voting is still ongoing across the country, as citizens wait in long queues to vote as some polling stations opened late due to heavy rain which hampered the electoral process. The IEBC has stated that voting will be extended where the need arises
Voting has also been reported as very slow in some parts of the country, partly due to the process of identifying voters with the KIEMS kits, and also because voters are casting 6 different ballots in this General Election.

The IEBC has confirmed there have been some technical issues in some areas in Nairobi, including Westlands, however the issues have been resolved by ICT officials. There have also been reports of KIEMS kits not working, but in general, the number of these incidences seems to be reducing.

Another key issue that has emerged is that, every 1 polling station in 4 is apparently without mobile phone coverage, meaning that officials would have to drive to the nearest town to send results.

According to the Daily Nation, presiding officers in Embakasi East, Kasarani and Westlands have been replaced due to delays. Additionally, a clerk who is said to have pre-stamped ballot papers as rejected has also been replaced. There were reports that pre-stamped rejected ballot papers were given to opposition voters.

 Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is an observer in these elections emphasized the need for patience saying, “There are a lot of people in line, and it is going to take some time, and we are going to need to be very patient … But obviously, the transition from voting to counting is going to be critical and there is a process in place for that too. That’s why it is too early for us to be drawing any kinds of conclusions, but we will see where it goes.”

To win outright, a candidate needs more than 50% of the vote, and at least 25% in 24 of Kenya's 47 counties.

However, if that threshold is not met, a run-off vote between the top two candidates will be triggered.

According to the BBC, Kenya's electoral commission has said that the figures it is getting from its electronic registration system being used at polling stations shows that by 11:00 GMT (14:00 local time) there was a 40% turnout.

But this could be lower than the real turnout figure as there have been reports from several places that the electronic system has not been working, correspondents say.


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