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Oct 7, 2020

Use of Outside Pens Won’t be Encouraged on Election Day

Josephine Tamai

With all the strict measures being put in place to ensure that voters, as well as public officers invigilating the elections process remain COVID-free, will voters be allowed to carry their own pens to the polling stations?  It’s a consideration that has been made by the Elections and Boundaries Commission.  And according to the Chief Elections Officer, it is not being encouraged, but neither would voters using their own pens be denied.

 

Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer

“At the commission meetings that issue had been discussed and I will tell you that while we‘re not encouraging persons to take their own pens, if you do decide that you want to take your own pen you can go ahead and do so.  Your vote will still be counted as long as it is clear as to who you intend to vote for.  What we don‘t want to happen is for persons to attempt to take pencils with erasers and try to mark an X and try to erase their pencils because then that is where the ballot papers will be torn and it has to be replaced time after time so we don‘t want for that to happen.  So that is the reason why we‘re not basically encouraging it.  But for persons who believe that they need to take their own, your ballot will still be counted as long as the indication is there as to which candidate you want to vote for.”


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