Why Sakaja Is Unhappy With IEBC After Visiting His Polling Station

KEY POINTS

  • Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja is a happy man after he eventually confirmed that he is among the leader that the county's residents will be voting for today.
  • Sakaja cast his vote at St. Georges primary school in Nairobi.
  • Another issue was about the mishandling of his agents in certain polling stations across the city.

Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja is a happy man after he eventually confirmed that he is among the leaders that the county’s residents will be voting for today.

This is after he witnessed a series of tough moments and court cases that nearly saw him get scrapped off the list of gubernatorial aspirants due to questionable academic qualifications.

Sakaja cast his vote at St. Georges primary school in Nairobi.

“It is a proud moment, I am very happy. It has been a long journey, many would have wished for me not to be on the ballot today but I am there and I can confirm that I voted for me,” Sakaja told journalists after he was done with voting.

He was however not pleased with a number of things about how the whole process was conducted and hopes that things will be made better in future.

“There is a bit of confusion but I think IEBC is trying their best. For instance, I was in one line, because they said it is alphabetical starting with the first name which is Johnson but when you get to the front, is when they tell you there is spill over of this so you should go to another [line]. I think a lot of that information should be available before people line up,” Sakaja said.

Citing another incident of an old man who was at the polling center for a long time, only for him to be directed to a different polling center, the senator urged the commission to help voters understand the process and give clear directions.

Another issue was about the mishandling of his agents in certain polling stations across the city.

“We have been getting reports that in the morning, some of them were not allowed. Some of them were being asked for requirements that are different and I have spoken to the county returning officer because UDA as a party is not fielding agents  it is us the candidates who have agents, some were being asked for a letter from UDA yet they should have a letter from me.

“The oath of secrecy which we have stamped  they are saying should be stamped by IEBC. There were certain areas where the KIEMS kit was not working,” Sakaja said.

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