IEBC: 6.5 Million Voters Had Turned Out To Vote By Midday

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has said 6,567,869 Kenyans had turned out to vote as of  Tuesday 12 noon.

In a press briefing at the Bomas of Kenya, the commission said that the people that had voted by the time only accounted for 30.65% of the 22,120,458 voters who are expected to partake in the General Election.

The percentage of Kenyans that had turned up to vote at noon – 6 hours after polling stations were opened and 5 hours before they close – was below half the total number of registered voters.

Voting is also happening in 12 countries in the diaspora including Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, United Kingdom, Canada, USA, South Sudan, Qatar, UAE, and Germany.

The voting in the regions outside Kenya will take place from 6am to 5pm at their local time.

IEBC further urged more Kenyans to head to the polling stations to cast their votes.

By the time IEBC gave a status update, security challenges, failure of KIEMS kits and ballot mix-ups had been reported in various polling stations.

In Daadab Constituency, voting had not begun by noon and four polling stations had not been opened. IEBC stated that they are working on addressing security challenges in the area, and if the stalemate is not solved today, the polls could be conducted tomorrow.

On the failure of KIEMS kits, the commission reported that 200 machines had technical errors. It also permitted the use of manual voter registers in Makueni and Kakamega Counties.

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