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Voting exercise kicks-off smoothly in Baringo Central

An early high voter turnout has been witnessed in Baringo Central as voting exercise kicked-off smoothly in selected polling stations.

There were no hitches reported in the over ten centres visited within the vicinity of Kabarnet Town with early morning queues, stretching close to 20 metres with all the KIEMS kits reported to be up to the task.

At Kaptimbor Polling Station a high morning voter turnout was witnessed where close to ten per cent of the registered voters had voted within the first hour of voting exercise.

The exercise started well with no hitches at the Centre that has three streams of 561 voters each.

“We only had challenges sorting the voters list per stream for the first ten minutes, but afterwards the exercise has been smooth,” said Victor Kibet, stream 2 presiding officer.

At Kabarnet Deaf and Blind Polling station 34 out of the 183 registered voters had already cast their votes representing close to 20 per cent of the voters at that particular polling centre.

Baringo Central Returning Officer Gilbert Serem told KNA there were no technical hitches experienced so far and voter turnout was good but were on high alert in case of any issues that may arise.

The Baringo Central Deputy Constituency, Returning Officer, Gilbert Ole Kitirne, was at the Polling Centre supervising the exercise, saying everything was going on smoothly with no hitches reported so far.

There were no crowds outside the Polling Centre with voters voting and leaving the vicinity in all the centres visited.

Meanwhile, voting at Seguton Hills Primary School Polling Station began as early as 6am with a few of the voters rising early to cast the vote.

The Presiding Officer, Charles Kiplagat, said they expect more voters to turn-up at the course of the day in large numbers at the Polling Station, which has two streams and 708 registered voters.

However, at Kabarnet High School Polling Station the situation was different since large queues were witnessed hours after it was opened a few minutes past 6pm.

The Kenya Intergrated Election Management System (KIEMS) at the two streams with a total of 839 voters was operating without any hitch.

By Joshua Kibet and Christopher Kiprop

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