NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 5 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission now says that ballot papers for presidential candidates have now been printed after last week’s nominations.
Commission’s Chief Executive Officer James Oswago said that the rest of the ballot papers will be printed and delivered in good time ahead of the March 4 General Election.
“Ballot papers will arrive well on time before the elections; the printers have confirmed the dates and the aircrafts that will transport them. The printing of those (ballot papers) for the presidency was completed on Monday and today (Tuesday) they are on with those for senators,” he said refusing to disclose the exact date the papers will arrive for security reasons.
A British firm, Smith & Ouzman, was awarded the tender to supply the ballot papers and is expected to deliver them using six or seven hired cargo planes.
Eight candidates namely; Raila Odinga, Uhuru Kenyatta, Musalia Mudavadi, Martha Karua, Peter Kenneth, James ole Kiyiapi, Paul Muite and Mohammed Abduba Dida are battling it out for the presidency.
Oswago who spoke on the sidelines of a conference between IEBC and security officials said political parties have been asked to send their trusted IT experts to be trained on the electronic display of elections results so that they are familiar with the process.
The CEO maintains that the commission which has now distributed majority of the ballot boxes to nearly all constituencies was ready for the election.
“We have almost completed the issue of ballot boxes, we have been getting transparent ballot boxes and we have transferred them to the regions. We have about 47000 boxes still to be delivered,” added Oswago.
On Monday IEBC’s staff said that the commission will start announcing the presidential results before it does announce results of the other five elective positions up for contest.
IEBC will use an Electronic Results Transmission System which will be relaying tallies from polling stations to three tallying centres located at the constituency, county and national levels.
The national tallying centre will be based at the Bomas of Kenya.
The commission has already activated its hotlines- 0711 035 606 and 0711 035 616- for inquiries by the public.