, KIAMBU, Kenya, Aug 8 – Kiambu Governor William Kabogo cast his vote at the St Georges Primary School in Ruiru Tuesday morning.
Kabogo told Capital FM News that despite not being identified biometrically, the Presiding Officer was able to trigger the complementary mechanism through which he was able to be allowed to vote.
“The process is quiet smooth albeit the delay in my case because I could not be identified using the machine. I think the machine is taking about two minutes and then three minutes for the voting so five minutes for every person and therefore we should be done by 6pm,” he said on Tuesday.
He exuded confidence that the voting process will be peaceful saying he was certain that the county will command a voter turnout exceeding the 91 per cent of 2013.
“The process is good because even if your fingerprints cannot be detected, once they key in your Identity Card number, all the information pops up,” he commented.
Kabogo who is facing off with Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu for the 1,180,920 votes the county – the largest single vote basket after Nairobi which has 2,250,853 registered voters – urged voters to keep peace throughout the voting process
“People should keep peace. Vote and leave just like I have done then go home and wait for the results. This is a process that happens every second Tuesday of August in every fifth year,” Kabogo urged.
Waititu, the Jubilee Party candidate cast his ballot at Wangige Market in Kabete shortly after 9am.
Kabogo who ditched the ruling party after losing to Waititu in the party primaries held in April had initially conceded defeat but later declared his candidacy on an independent ticket citing a flawed process and sabotage by senior Jubilee Party officials.
In 2013, there were 863,199 registered voters in the county, 781,735 showing up to vote in the March 4 General Election.
According to the 2009 census, the county is estimated to have 1,623,282 persons living in its twelve constituencies.
President Uhuru Kenyatta who counts on the county’s vote to trounce his rival Raila Odinga will be casting his vote at Mutomo Primary School before midday.