KIEMS kits had issues, say two returning offi cers

Kasipul MP and Homa Bay Governor hopeful Oyugi Magwanga during an interview last year/MAURICE ALAL
Kasipul MP and Homa Bay Governor hopeful Oyugi Magwanga during an interview last year/MAURICE ALAL

Two IEBC returning officers in Homa Bay county on Thursday disclosed the KIEMS kits had technical hitches during the August 8 polls.

Homa Bay Town constituency returning officer Kipruto Yegon and his Karachuonyo counterpart Jackline Osiemo said the hitches were realised in a number of polling stations in the morning. Yegon said some voter identification machines failed for more than 30 minutes at the opening of polling stations

“The delay in the voting process was orchestrated by a run-out of batteries in our machines. We had to fix the batteries before the processes began,” Yegon said.

They spoke during a cross examination in a Homa Bay High Court in an election petition challenging the reelection of Homa Bay governor Cyprian Awiti.

The petition was filed by former Homa Bay governor hopeful Oyugi Magwanga (pictured) and his running mate Joshua Orero.