The first batch of presidential ballots for the August general elections has been delivered to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The consignment was received by IEBC deputy chairman Juliana Cherera at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Wednesday.
Cherera told the press that they had invited a delegation of 13 people to Athens, Greece, where the papers were being printed.
The team, according to Charera, was formed to assist in determining whether the ballot papers adhered to the specifications provided to the company printing the papers, Inform P Lykos.
“We invited stakeholders to check with a third eye because they are the ones that now how the photos and the details of the presidential candidates are supposed to look like,” said Cherera.
The team included religious leaders, presidential candidates’ representatives (2 UDA and 2 Azimio), civil society representatives, the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties, the Political Parties Liaison Committee, and the Kenya Media Council.
Mombasa will receive 19 pallets, Kwale 14, Kilifi 20, Tana River 8, Lamu 4, Taita Taveta 6, Garissa 10, Wajir 6, Marsabit 10, Isiolo5, and other counties.
Meru 27, Tharaka-Nithi 9, Embu 14, Kitui 27, Machakos 18, Makueni 12, Nyandarua 8, and Nyeri 8 are the other counties.
Each pallet contains approximately 54 boxes for one constituency.
The second batch of ballot papers is expected to arrive in the country on July 29, with the final shipment arriving on August 3 via commercial and private planes.
They will be transferred to the commission’s warehouse for storage awaiting to be dispatched to different constituencies.