By Judith Gicobi
Prior to the election on August 9, the first set of presidential ballots papers arrived in the country on July 27.
A few minutes after 11:00 am, a plane carrying the ballot papers that were packaged in 250 pallets landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
The company Inform Lykos (Hellas) S.A. is printing the ballot papers in Athens, Greece.
According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), a Kenyan monitoring team made up of representatives from several political parties was present with the election materials.
“The team inspected security features on ballot papers and witnessed printing, packaging of ballot papers into booklets, boxes, palettes & labelling ready for shipment. They also verified security features on statutory documents printed to accompany ballot papers to polling stations,” IEBC said in a statement.
“The delegation was shown how Inform Lykos company destroys damaged ballot papers, a process they carry out daily using shredding machines.
“The monitoring delegation announced that they are impressed and satisfied that the printing process is properly executed, and the control checks put in place are sufficient to safeguard the integrity of the ballot.”
Both commercial and private cargo aircraft will be used to transport 865 pallets of presidential ballot paper.
According to the commission, the second shipment of 300 pallets containing Presidential ballot papers will arrive in the country on July 29, and the final shipment with 340 pallets will arrive on August 3.