The first batch of presidential ballot papers today arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) ahead of the fast-approaching polls.
The consignment was received by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Deputy Chairman, Juliana Cherera at JKIA.
The election materials including ballot papers in areas with court cases pushed to August 3 as the team accompanying IEBC lauds the printing process.
Once the presidential ballots were received, they were delivered to the (IEBC) offices awaiting to be dispatched.
Cherera during a press briefing confirmed they had invited a delegation of 13 people from Athens, Greece, where the papers were being printed.
Charera further revealed that the delegation was formed to assist in determining whether the ballot papers adhered to the specifications provided to the company printing the papers – Inform P Lykos.
“We invited stakeholders to check with a third eye because they are the ones that know how the photos and the details of the presidential candidates are supposed to look,” Cherera said.
The team according to Cherera included religious leaders, presidential candidate’s representatives (two from UDA and two from Azimio), civil society representatives, the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties, the Political Parties Liaison Committee and the Kenya Media Council.
The second batch of ballot papers is expected to arrive in the country on July 29, with the final shipment arriving on August 3 via commercial and private planes.
They will be transferred to the Commission’s warehouse for storage awaiting to be distributed to different constituencies.
According to IEBC, Mombasa will receive 19 pallets, Kwale 14, Kilifi 20, Tana River 8, Lamu 4, Taita Taveta 6, Garissa 10, Wajir 6, Marsabit 10, Isiolo 5, Meru 27, Tharaka-Nithi 9, Embu 14, Kitui 27, Machakos 18, Makueni 12, Nyandarua 8 and Nyeri 8.
Each pallet contains approximately 54 boxes for one constituency.