by Martin Oduor
The previous general election in 2013 witnessed long queues stretching for hundreds of meters on the roads outside the polling stations.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has made sure this won’t be the case come August 8th 2017.
To avoid long queues, IEBC increased the number of polling stations to 40,883 across the country. This means that every polling station has a maximum of 700 voters only. And the result is that there won’t be long queues as witnessed in previous elections.
Another strategy IEBC will use to make the voting process to be fast and to avoid long queues at the polling stations is the ‘alphabetic queuing’; voters will be directed by IEBC queuing clerks to queue according to the first name that appears on their ID or valid Kenyan passport.
The polling stations will also be subdivided into zones which will have larger queues that feed into the polling stations’ queues, there will be clear signage for this on August 8th.
Below is a video illustration of how voters will queue on August 8th:
August 7, 2017
August 5, 2017