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Peaceful voting reported in Malindi & Magarini

04 March 2013, 16:41

Voting in all polling centres in Malindi constituency and Magarini district kicked off peacefully with long queues of voters being witnessed since 6:00 AM when the stations opened.

In Barani secondary school polling station which is in Malindi, voters arrived earlier and by midday long queues were about 150 Kilometers long.

Names missing in registers

However, some voters at St. Andrew primary school polling station complained that their names were missing from the Biometric voter registration and the annual register as well meaning they were not going to vote.

Emmanuel Karisa Nguma said he has been taken from one queue to another where his name was not found blaming the IEBC for barring him from exercising his democratic right since he had verified his details before.

He was not alone as crowd of people who spoke to the media complained that their names were not appearing in both BVR and manual registers.

At Sir Ali primary school polling station, voters bearing names beginning with B we turned down because their names were not found in the BVR and manual registers too.

Confronted campaigning at polling centre

It is at that polling station where Ford Kenya Malindi aspiring MP Kenneth Otieno was confronted by voters and almost forced out of the polling station when he gathered with some voters  with some claiming he was campaigning at the station against the IEBC laws.

Mohamed Badawi said the aspirant went to campaign at the polling station instead of voting but in a quick rejoinder, Otieno said he was communicating with someone over the phone but not campaigning at the station as claimed.

'If they have evidence let them go ahead to IEBC but I know I was not campaigning. It is just because they have sensed defeat," he responded.

However, the IEBC officer in the area Hamisi Tsumo said that such issues were only being raised by voters who were not willing to line up and especially those whose names were not found in one room.

"Whoever registered in this polling station and verified their names are there. The problem is some voters refuse to go to line up because they woke up early to vote," he said.

Replacement batteries for BVR Kits

He said there were no problems since all BVR kits had three batteries which can be changed anytime one fails.

Tsumo said on Sunday night that IEBC officials assigned to Milimani polling station in Ganda Ward Malindi constituency saw some people making suspicious movements and were forced to close the station but re-opened it on Monday at 4:00 am noting that security has been beefed and voting is going on well.

In Magarini constituency which has 6 Wards, voting kicked off well with no insecurity cases being reported s far.

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