All is Set for Elections in Tana River County
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials in Tana River County have received all election materials to be used in Tuesday’s General Election.
County Returning Officer Mr Mohamed Gonjobe Raka said his office has already distributed some of the materials to the constituencies from where they will be distributed to polling centres by Monday evening.
Speaking to the media at the IEBC offices in Hola town, Raka said he did not expect any challenges as everything has been put in place to ensure a peaceful, free and fair electoral process.
“We are all set for the exercise as all materials required for the elections, including ballot papers and the Kenya Integrated Elections Management Kit (KIEMS) have arrived,” he said.
Raka said his office has also managed to hire adequate numbers of vehicles to transport election materials and staff to the polling stations by Monday evening. “Some of the candidates witnessed the opening of the ballot paper pallets at the IEBC warehouse,” he said.
He thanked politicians for abiding by the electoral code of conduct and appealed to them to continue doing so till the Election Day.
He said the commission had also acquired and distributed Thuraya satellite phones in remote areas not covered by mobile phone providers with a view to ensuring all results are transmitted in real time through the internet.
“We have installed powerful routers in all tallying centres to ensure results are received without interruption,” he said.
On the ongoing curfew in parts of the county, Raka asked the police to give voters a safe passage to and from polling stations.
By Emmanuel Masha