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Long queues witnessed in the afternoon

Long queues were witnessed in various polling centres due to delays caused by the Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS) kit in identification of voters, especially in two wards in Isiolo town.

Gubernatorial aspirants Halake Wako (ODM) and Ibrahim Hassan (Jubilee Party) have blamed the delays on devices with a voter taking longer time to vote than expected.

However, the IEBC’s County Returning Officer Samuel Sekii said the delays have eased and the queues are moving fast adding the problem was only reported at Bulapesa and Wabera Wards.

He expressed optimism that the process will be smooth until the polling centres close down at 5.00 pm and ensure that all voters are given a chance to cast ballots.

Isiolo County Commissioner Geoffrey Omoding said that so far the voting in all the 219 centres across the county was smooth and no insecurity incidents were reported.

He said the multi-agency security personnel were patrolling the areas as others were assigned particular centres.

By David Nduro and Abduba Mamo

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