The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has provided a 7-Step Voting Process for eligible voters to follow as they prepare to vote on Tuesday, August 9.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has provided a seven-step guide for eligible voters to follow as they prepare to vote on Tuesday, August 9.
According to the IEBC, the voting procedure will begin with voter identification and end with the voter leaving the polling station.
Polling places will open at 6 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.
7-Step Voting Process
- A voter enters the polling place with a 1D/passport.
A voter enters a polling station with their ID card or a valid Kenyan passport and lines up. They can move on to the next step if there is no line.
- Using the KIEMS kit, the voter is identified and authenticated.
Every voter will be required to show an ID or a valid Kenya passport to a polling clerk for identification.
The clerk will then use the KEIMS kit to electronically check your name. The process will check to see if your name has been registered at that polling station and if you are eligible to vote.
If the voter is cleared, the process continues.
- Each voter is given six stamped ballot papers.
After that, the voter will be given six stamped ballot papers.
Papers include those of a presidential candidate (in white), a governor (blue), a senator (yellow), a member of parliament (pink), a women’s representative (green), and a county assembly member (beige).
- The ballot papers are secretly marked by the voter.
The voter takes the ballot papers to a private booth and marks the papers, selecting their preferred candidate.
A voter will mark (a tick or a cross) against their candidate on each paper. A voter should only use one symbol, not both. Also, make sure to include a mark inside the box.
Using more than one symbol, or any other symbols, or even marking outside the indicated box, results in a spoiled ballot.
A spoilt vote does not count toward a voter’s preferred candidate’s total votes for any of the six positions.
- The voter places their ballot papers in the designated ballot boxes.
After marking the papers correctly, the candidate will proceed to vote in each ballot box provided for each position in the election. The lid’s color matches the color of the ballot paper.
The voter must ensure that each vote is placed in the appropriate box. Failure to do so results in a spoilt vote for the vote that appears in the incorrect box.
This is done in full view of the party agents and in the presence of the Presiding Officer.
- Indelible ink on the voter’s finger
The voter will then approach a clerk, who will have a marker pen at the ready to ink their small finger “pinky,” or the space between the index and middle fingers.
The ink is permanent (not removable easily). It serves as proof that one has voted and prevents one from returning to vote a second or third time.
- A voter leaves the polling place.
The voter will then leave the polling station and should not remain within the polling station’s premises.