6 Things You Need to Know about the Fresh Presidential Elections
In about 37 days, Kenyans will be going back to the polls following nullification of the August 8 presidential elections by the Supreme Court of Kenya. Given that this is the first repeat election to be conducted in Kenya, most of citizens do not know what to expect. Here is some important insights on the fresh presidential elections that is set to happen on 26th October, 2017:
- What is a fresh presidential election?
This is a repeat of the Presidential election. It is held when the Supreme Court determines the Presidential election held during the general elections is invalid. The Supreme Court decides on the validity of a presidential election only when a person files a petition challenging the election of a president-elect within 14 days from the date of a general election.
- When is it held?
The law provides that a fresh presidential election must be held within sixty days after the Supreme Court makes a ruling that nullifies the election of a president-elect.
- Which position will I vote for in during the fresh presidential election?
Since this year we are only having a repeat of the presidential election, you are only going to vote for the president. Therefore, expect to be issued with only one ballot paper
- Where will I vote?
For the repeat presidential election, you will vote at the polling station where you got registered and voted during the August elections. IEBC will not conduct new registration of voters in preparation for the fresh presidential elections.
- What do I need to bring in order to vote?
In order to vote, you will be required to bring your original identification document. This is either your national ID or valid passport, depending on the identification document you used when you registered as a voter. The identification document will be used to verify your identification when you turn out to vote in the fresh presidential election on October 26th, 2017.
- Who can help voters who needs assistance?
Assisted voters are those who are not able to vote on their own due to challenges of reading and/or writing or due to physical challenges. Such voters are allowed to bring a person of their choice to assist them in voting. In the event they do not have a person accompanying them to help, the presiding officer in the polling station will help them in the presence of party agents.