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Ballot papers arrive in Tharaka Nithi ahead of polls

 

Independent, Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Returning Officers in Tharaka Nithi County yesterday received the first bunch of ballot papers to be used in the upcoming August polls next week.

The tallying centers received  ballot papers for various elective posts which include the Governor, Senator, Member of County Assembly (MCA), Women representative and Members of the National Assembly while those of the presidential seat are expected to arrive today.

 Speaking to the media at Chogoria boys tallying Centre in Maara constituency, the Returning Officer (RO) Nelson Njiru Naamu said that they were well prepared with materials and equipment for the election on Tuesday.

“We have all the materials required for the elections and today we have received ballot papers for different positions except for the president which we are expecting very soon,” he said.

He noted that the ballot papers would be distributed on Monday to the various polling stations.

Naamu revealed that they have conducted intensive training for support election officers at the county level including Presiding Officers (PO) and Deputy Presiding Officer (DPO).

He further disclosed that the training for clerks who would be assisting the PO and DPO is ongoing and would be completed today.

More so, Naamu revealed that there were five departments with different responsibilities at the tallying centers

“We have five departments working at the tallying centers in charge of different responsibilities such as telecommunication from the polling station, security, welfare and coordination at the tally Centre,” he said

In Chuka constituency, the Returning Officer at Chuka boys tallying Centre Ms. Josephine Kinya Mwiti confirmed they have received the ballot papers in good condition.

“We have received 3 pallets for the Governor position, 2 pallets for the senator position, 3 pallets for the woman representative position, 3 for the member of the National Assembly, and 3 pallets for the member of county assembly position,” Kinya said.

 

The officers assured they have put the necessary measures to ensure free and fair elections to enable voters cast their vote peacefully without fear or intimidation.

On his part, Chuka Deputy County Commissioner Nkanduda Hiribae said they would provide maximum security for the ballot papers until the exercise is complete.

 “We have received the pallets containing the ballot papers and they will be under high surveillance from now up to the 9th and till when they will be returned,” Hiribae noted.

 

The commissioner urged the citizens to maintain peace during and after elections as well as to vote in leaders who will serve well.

 

“This is not a war exercise but an exercise to elect the leaders according to their manifestos and after voting let us embark on our day-to-day activities and wait for the results to be announced,” he said.

 

 

 Source:KNA

 

 

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