Roots Party presidential candidate Prof. George Wajackoyah was not able to cast his vote at Matungu in Kakamega County after the IEBC KIEMS kit failed.
Prof. Wajackoyah turned up at the Indangalasia Primary School at around a quarter past 10 am.
No one in the polling station had cast their vote yet at the time.
“We are waiting to see what happens, like they have said. They said they would give us another 11 hours and asked us to be patient,” he told voters outside the polling station.
The presidential race has attracted four contenders: Prof. Wajackoyah, David Mwaure of the Agano Party, Deputy President William Ruto of Kenya Kwanza, and Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition’s Raila Odinga.
Polling stations opened at 6am across the country and DP Ruto and Mr. Mwaure were among the early voters.
Dr. Ruto cast his vote some minutes past 6am at Kosachei Primary School in Sugoi, Uasin Gishu County, flanked by his wife Mama Rachel Ruto.
Mr. Mwaure meanwhile cast his vote at Upper Hill Secondary School in Nairobi alongside his wife Ann Mwaure at around 7:15am.
Their other competitor, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is expected to vote at the Old Kibera primary school in Nairobi.
The nation’s 22,120,458 registered voters will go to the polls this year to elect 290 Members of the National Assembly, 1,450 Members of County Assembly, 47 senators, governors and woman representatives, as well as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s successor.
The election has drawn 63 political parties, with at least 11,330 candidates running for various seats.
The grand political contest has also drawn 3752 independent candidates vying for various seats across the country.
According to IEBC election data, 261 women are running for County MP seats across the counties, while 1,473 people are running for Member of Parliament seats.
Other candidates include 9,142 people who are running for county assembly seats, while 183 and 263 people are running for governor and senator, respectively.