7 Steps that Characterize the Procedure of Voting in Kenya
As a registered voter , you have the right to participate in an election and vote for your preferred candidate(s). In 2017 Kenya voting process, you get to vote for six candidates namely the president and his running, governor and his running mate, member of national assembly, women representative, senator, and member of county assembly. On election day, the voting process is conducted in a very systematic way. It is therefore important that you be aware of the steps involved in order to prepare mentally. Here are 7 steps that you will go through on election day:
Step 1: Present yourself at a Polling Station
On election day, you are required to present yourself physically, between 6am and 5pm, in the polling station where you registered as a voter. Ensure that you carry the identification document that you used to register. This could be an original identification card (ID) or a valid passport. You need to have this for the election clerks to verify your identity.
Step 2: Verify Voter Information
Once it is your chance to vote, produce the identification document you used to register and hand it over to the election clerk. The clerk will verify your biometric details using a computer system known as Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (KIEMS). To do this, you will be asked to place your finger on the KIEMS kit. In the event that you cannot be identified using biometrics i.e. fingerprints, you will be required to fill FORM 32A to allow for identification using ID or passport number.
Step 3: Receive 6 Stamped Ballot Papers
After your voter information has been verified, the next election clerk will give you 6 stamped ballot papers, one for each elective position i.e. president, governor, senator, women representative, member of national assembly and member of county assembly. The clerk will then direct you to a voting booth.
Step 4: Mark the Ballot Papers
In the booth, you will mark the ballot paper for each elective post based on your prefered candidate in secret. If you are you are an assisted voter, you will be accompanied by a person of your choice, who should be 18 years of age or above. The person will be required to sign an oath of secrecy of the ballot. Unaccompanied assisted voters will be helped by the presiding officer stationed at the polling station in the presence of party agents.
Step 5: Cast your Vote
After marking the ballot papers, fold and cast each paper in labelled ballot boxes. There will be 6 ballot boxes a table and you will cast one ballot paper in each box. Ensure that you cast the ballot papers in their corresponding ballot boxes i.e. put the president’s ballot paper in the ballot box labelled ‘president’, the governor’s ballot paper in the ballot box labelled ‘governor’ and so on. The color of the ballot papers will match that of the ballot box lids to make it easy.
Step 6: Get Indelible Ink Mark
Once you have cast your ballot papers in their respective ballot boxes, you will walk to the exit. At the exit door, you will meet a third clerk who will put a mark on your left small finger with indelible ink. This is is a measure to avoid multiple voting.
Step 7: Leave the Polling Station
You will then leave the polling station to allow other citizens to vote. After voting, you will not be allowed to hang around the station. You will need to leave and follow the proceedings from your home.