Elections Observation Group (Elog) will not project presidential results as it has previously done since it did not deploy observers across the country. The observation group said it deployed 766 observers to a representative sample of polling stations in the country excluding Nyanza and Western where it felt their security was a risk.
Chairperson Regina Opondo said yesterday absence of observers in some parts cannot give an accurate projection of results but will report and process data from polling stations observed.
“Although our deployment has taken concern of the security situation in the country and therefore, not comprehensive, we trust that the information collected from all the observed polling stations, will offer useful insights into the process during election day,” she said.
Opondo said initial information as at 11.30 am indicated that in 93 per cent of polling stations observed, there were one or more polling station officials present while 80.7 per cent of them opened on time. The remainder opened between 7am and 8am.
In 99.9 per cent stations observed, empty ballot boxes were displayed before being sealed, 98.6 per cent of the polling stations had security officers and 99.7 per cent had Kiems devices. Similarly, Elog observed that most polling stations had the requisite strategic materials namely; ballot boxes and papers, IEBC stamp, indelible ink and Form 34A.
A Jubilee agent was present in 82.6 per cent of all the polling stations observed and only a paltry 2.8 per cent of agents from other parties were present while 16.4 per cent of all stations observed had none.
“Our observers in 766 sample polling stations observed adherence of opening and setup of the polling stations process. This is based on observation and incidents filed as of 11.30am by ELOG observers,” said Opondo.
ELOG also stated that violence, intimidation or harassment incidents were reported in Mombasa, Nyali constituency where one of their observers was harassed and beaten by unknown assailants on his way to assigned polling station.
In the same constituency, another observer aboard a boda boda was threatened by a group of young men at around 5.30am. In Ruaraka, an observer was beaten and robbed of her materials by a group of young men who had barricaded the road.
Elog also reported that in Olympic Primary School, Kibra constituency, the access gate was barricaded with building blocks and voters assaulted as they tried to access the polling station and protestors threatened to burn any polling material brought to the station and stoned police who attempted to disperse them.
The observation group recorded another incidence in Trans-Nzoia at Matisi cattle dip poling station where voting was disrupted by a group of young men who attacked IEBC officials. ELOG has deployed 215 constituency supervisors to aid the polling station observers and assess the security environment.
Another 730 general observers have been deployed to polling stations and 430 observers to constituency tallying centres. The observation group is expected to issue its preliminary statement on the conduct of repeat presidential elections today, which will give highlights of its initial findings and conclusions on the conduct of election day processes, including the closing, counting and transmission of results. Ends