NAIROBI, Kenya July 29 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has announced that 20 million presidential ballot papers will arrive in the country on Monday and Tuesday next week from Dubai.
The ballot papers from Dubai will be in 416,360 booklets, and will include one per cent provision in case of spoilt votes, according to the electoral body.
The printing started on Monday this week after the Appeals Court dismissed a case by the opposition coalition NASA which was opposed to the tender being awarded to Al Ghurair.
Already, ballot papers for Governor, Woman Representative, and Senate elections have arrived in the country, most of them touching base at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on July 18.
Ballot papers have been printed for each of the 19.6 million voters, with about 200,000 more printed above the number of registered voters.
On Monday, IEBC ruled out the possibility of ballot stuffing with Commissioner Roselyn Akombe saying measures have been put in place to ensure extra ballots are not misused.
“We’ve made it clear to all our officers that we shall be doing ballot count at three-hour intervals and that must be consistent with the voter turnout reported by the KIEMS gadgets,” she said at a forum on election preparedness convened by Mkenya Daima under the auspices of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA).
The materials also contain special marks that can only be seen in ultraviolent light and serialised to guard against irregular use in polling centres other than those they are meant for.