Roots party leader Professor George Wajackoyah turned up to cast his vote at Indangalasia, Matungu Kakamega county at around 10:15 am. Nobody at the polling station had cast their vote.
This is after the Kenya Integrated Elections Management (KIEMs) kit failed to identify him using the fingerprint.
Wajackoyah was quick to leave the polling station saying that he would return once the issue had been sorted out.
“We are waiting to see what happens as they have said. They said they would give us another 11 hours and asked us to be patient,” he told voters outside the polling station.
Other presidential candidates have cast their votes at various polling stations in the country.
Deputy President William Ruto was the earliest to vote at around 6 am in his home county, Uasin Gishu, Kosachei Primary School. The DP was together with his wife when they cast their votes.
David Mwaure cast his vote at Upper Hill Secondary School in Nairobi flanked by his wife Ann Mwaure at around 7:15 am.
Former Vice President, Raila Odinga was escorted by a parade of supporters to Old Kibra Primary School where he would cast his vote some minutes after 11:00 am.
Wajackoyah’s wife, Meller Lee has publicly hit out at IEBC following her frustrations after her husband failed to vote. Meller had accompanied Wajackoyah to the polling station.
She believes that IEBC should have made prior preparation to avoid last minute hitches, denying voters a chance to express their rights.
“I was not really expecting this. It is very disappointing for the machines not to be working on the day that is most important to the lives of Kenyans.” she said.
“However, no weapon formed against us the people of God and the people of Kenya shall prosper.” she added.
Meller has reached out to Wajackoyah’s supporters telling them to keep their cool as IEBC fixes the mess.
“So you all remain vigilant, cool and calm and we will see this thing to the end.”
Wajackoyah further added that he is upset since his strongholds have not yet voted.
“Why could they not test the kit, or do they want us to go to court? I was to fly back this afternoon but now i have to buy another ticket.”
The nation’s 22,120,458 registered voters will go to the polls this year to elect 290 Members of the National Assembly, 1,450 Members of the County Assembly, 47 senators, governors, and woman representatives, as well as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s successor.
The election has drawn 63 political parties, with at least 11,330 candidates running for various seats.
The grand political contest has also drawn 3752 independent candidates vying for various seats across the country.
According to IEBC election data, 261 women are running for County MP seats across the counties, while 1,473 people are running for Member of Parliament seats.
Other candidates include 9,142 people who are running for county assembly seats, while 183 and 263 people are running for governor and senator, respectively.