KIBRA: Women voters miss in IEBC’s manual register

Women voters were turned away this morning without voting in Langatta and Kibra constituencies because their names are missing in the IEBC’s manual register.

The confused elderly woman after being turned away by IEBC officials because she had the old generation ID.

The confused elderly woman after being turned away by IEBC officials because she had the old generation ID.

Between 6:00am and 8:00am, more than twenty women had already been turned away without   voting at the District Commissioner’s grounds polling station alone. Among those whose names missed in the manual register was Map Kibera Trust SMS reporter Mildred Anekeya. She complained and persisted for more than 7 hours, later her name was found in the BVR register and she was allowed to vote at 12:02pm.

An elderly woman was turned away at the DC’s grounds polling station because she had the old generation ID. Women carrying babies on their backs were also turned away in many polling stations particularly in Sarangombe and Makina wards where the manual register was used.

At Mashimoni primary, a woman delivered on the queue. She was rushed to Freepals Maternity Health Centre for help. Another pregnant woman collapsed after queuing for more than two hours at KAG Olympic station. Medics from MSF Belgium attended to her and she was later allowed to vote and go home.

some of the disgruntled women at KAG Olympic after two hour queue

some of the disgruntled women at KAG Olympic after two hour queue

At Old Kibera primary, 50 people were turned away because of the same problem.

BVR kits failed to operate in Olympic, YMCA, Ayany, KAG Olympic, Old Kibera primary, DC’s grounds, Soweto Resource Centre among other polling stations, forcing the polling officials to use the manual register.

Electricity fluctuations in most polling stations were the main reason for the failure, though in some instances, the system was very slow, forcing IEBC officials resort for the manual register to speed up the exercise.

About Douglas Namale

Douglas Namale is the founder of Community Media in Kibera, Managing editor of Mtaani Insight (www.mtaani.net) and a Mapper at Map Kibera Trust. He is a former managing editor of Kibera Journal (www.kiberajournal.org) and an ICT literacy activist particularly among the youth in the slums and rural areas. He is also a facilitator in Community Media, good governance, active citizenship, Open space technology, Access to information and Freedom of expression. He has presented his work in different global platforms including, ICT4D 2010 in London, Broadcast and Film Africa Conference in Nairobi in 2011 among others. He believes an informed citizen is an empowered society. I strongly believe the ICT tools and citizen journalism will form part of 3rd liberalization in Kenya.
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One Response to KIBRA: Women voters miss in IEBC’s manual register

  1. This was excellent, keep up the good work.

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