KIEMS fails to recognise voters’ fingerprints in Mombasa

The fingerprints of four voters in Mvita Constituency are yet to vote as physical registers have not arrived.

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An elderly Maasai woman casts her vote in 2013. PHOTO: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/GETTY

Following reports of system failure in Kisumu, similar cases continue to be reported in other areas such as Mombasa.

The Kenya Integrated Electoral Management System or KIEMS as it is popularly known, failed to be identify at least four voters in Mvita Constituency, Mombasa County.

A voter verifying his details with IEBC officials at Moi Avenue Primary on May 11, 2017. PHOTO: THE STAR has learnt that the cases were reported at the Central Girls’, Tononoka Nursery and Tononoka Social Hall polling stations at about 8am just moments after voters started casting their ballots.

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Presiding Officers in the said polling stations stations said the gadgets failed to read the voter’s fingerprints and that several alphanumeric tests were also unsuccessful.

The law requires that if such scenarios occurred, POs have to check names of affected voters in the IEBC register but registers were missing in most polling stations.

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Central Girls’ PO Tobias Odilla told journalists that he was still waiting for the register to arrive.

“There was shortage of materials. We had been promised complimentary registers but we are yet to receive them.” Tononoka Nursery’s presiding officer, Wakah Wanjiku, said.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has also asked Kenyans to exercise caution by observing electoral guidelines such as not wearing colours that could spark chaos.

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“Do not wear any branded clothing items or badges which identify which party or candidate you are voting for.” A statement by the commission reads.

Voting kicked off countrywide earlier today (Tuesday, August 8) and security was beefed up at various locations. No cases of unrest has been reported so far.