• Tuesday, 25 June 2024
Bungoma residents rush to get IDs before the polls close.

Bungoma residents rush to get IDs before the polls close.

Long lines formed as Bungoma county residents rushed to get their identification cards before voting on Tuesday.

Locals thronged the county's Huduma Center on Monday morning, rushing to get their IDs so they could vote on Tuesday.

"Those who have lined up here have come to get their ID cards so they can vote on Tuesday," Peter Simiyu, one of those in line, explained.

Simiyu added that people enjoy the last-minute rush, which explains why the line is so long.

Original identification cards are required, and voters must physically present them to IEBC officials before they can vote.

A waiting card is not permitted and cannot be used to cast a vote.

To be eligible to vote in Kenya, one must be a registered voter, according to the country's constitution.

To register as a voter, you must be at least 18 years old.

He or she must be of sound mind and not have been convicted of an election offense in the previous five years.

Even prisoners are allowed to vote, but only for the presidential candidate.

The first time prisoners voted was in the 2017 General Elections.

A registered voter may vote at any polling location of their choice.

Because voting occurs only once every five years and from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., presiding officers only close the voting process once all those in the queue have voted.

Those living in the diaspora are also eligible to vote.

"Kenyans in South Sudan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates will be allowed to vote in the August 9 elections," IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati said.

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