Roots presidential candidate Prof. George Wajackoyah and his wife Meller Luchiri were disappointed after the presidential candidate failed to cast his vote.
Wajackoyah arrived at the Indangalasia Primary School polling station at 10 am and expressed frustration after not voting due to failed KIEMS kits.
"I am disappointed that I have not voted. Why is it that I am the only presidential candidate who hasn't voted? Why couldn't they test the Kiems kits? … I stand with God, that's the only thing I can say," said Wajackoya, before turning to his wife saying, "let Kenyans hear your voice for the first time."
Meller looked surprised at her husband's gesture and laughed before saying, "I was not expecting this (address the media)."
"It is very disappointing that the machines are not working on the day, which is very important to all Kenyans concerned," she said, adding, "No weapon formed against us, the people of Kenya shall prosper."
"That is the ground that we stand on. So, remain vigilant, cool, and calm, and we will see this thing to the end. Thank you," concluded Meller.
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After hours of waiting, at around 1 pm, the Roots Party leader was able to cast his vote after the electoral body approved the use of a manual register.
However, Wajackoyah and his wife were not the only ones disappointed with the turn of events in the various polling stations.
Mildred Mwaka commuted from Athi River to vote at Umoja 1 Primary School in Embakasi West Constituency, only to find she was not in the register. Mwaka went to four other polling stations, but her details were nowhere to be found.
Kenya Kwanza Alliance presidential running mate Rigathi Gachagua was also forced to wait before casting his vote after several attempts through the Kenya Integrated Elections Management (KIEMs) kit failed to identify his fingerprints. He was, however, finally able to cast his vote at 7.39 am.
The Kiems kit had also failed to identify Gachagua's relative Gladys Karaba.