, BOMET, Kenya Aug 8 – “We are fully digital; it is not like the last elections where you used to refer to a handwritten register. Today I simply had to place my hand on the gadget and tap! I am allowed to vote,” said Mzee Ezekiel Cheruiyot after he cast his vote.
In order for one to vote you were required to produce their ID cards and the polling clerk would call out your name before assisting in placing the index finger on the KIEMS tablet which would then identify the voter.
Mzee Cheruiyot who is in his 60s was among the first voters and was given the duty of ‘chief inspector’ in order to ascertain the ballot boxes were empty before sealing for voting to commence.
So eager was Mzee Cheruiyot to vote that after a 30 minute delay he could be heard lecturing party agents for delaying the process.
“Look at these young people,” he said, “how can you be given a job and show up late.”
Capital FM videographer Cosmus Mwongela was forced to use unorthodox means to capture moments in the poorly lit polling centre.
The make-shift lighting system was so effective that when the IEBC officials needed to scan the code to activate the KIEMS they gestured to the Capital FM crew to assist them because the sole gas lantern that was used could hardly light up the room let alone the desk where it was placed.