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Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero casts his vote

By Jacqueline Mahugu | Published Tue, August 8th 2017 at 11:20, Updated August 8th 2017 at 11:38 GMT +3
Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero cast his vote at 10.30am Tuesday, at the Pumwani Social Hall polling station, Kamukunji constituency. The governor observed that the process had taken off smoothly but expressed concern over the voting process in some areas.

"In Westlands Primary School there are no ballot papers for governor and that needs to be addressed. Greenspan had not been opened for voting until now. In Muguga Green Primary school and in Olympic Primary school the machines are very slow."

Voting in lower Savannah, which is Soweto, has not started because three machines were missing and the voters refused to start until it was sorted out.

In Pangani, the stamp being put is that votes are invalid and this has caused a dispute and that needs to be resolved.

He also said that in Kariokor Social Hall the police were overreacting.

"They have thrown teargas and that has caused panic. I urge security forces that as they enforce peace, to do it at a distance and not intimidated people. Authorities should ensure that what has happened in Kariokor does not happen again," he said.

He also asked that the Returning Officer for Embakasi East to be replaced immediately. "The Returning Officer Embakasi East has disappeared and is very arrogant," he said.

Kidero applauded the process at his polling station, Pumwani social hall, where he said that the turnout for people to exercise the their democratic right to choose the leaders that they wanted was good, the process had been peaceful and that people were enthusiastic.