THE CUTTING EDGE

Wednesday August 9 2017

CONCEDE DEFEAT: Calling on all the top political contenders to embrace what he describes as a ‘Hillary Clinton moment’, and quickly “humbly and graciously concede defeat once the ballots are counted and tallied, Misheck Wambu says that is the hallmark of a democracy, where the voters’ verdict is respected. With the citizens having turned up in large numbers to exercise their democratic right to choose their leaders, Misheck adds, peace must be maintained for the country to become a “beacon of democracy” in the region. His contact is [email protected]

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SENIOR CITIZENS: The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission deserves credit for enabling the senior citizens to easily access polling stations and cast their ballots on Tuesday, says Subhash Modi. He is particularly happy about the treatment of the old folks who voted at Hospital Hill School in Nairobi. He adds: “I managed to vote within about 10 minutes from the time I entered the polling station at 2pm. Special thanks must go the authorities and the officials for the efficiency, promptness and care and respect for the aged. Credit should be given where it is due.” His contact is [email protected]
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PLEASANT SURPRISE: Also impressed is university don X.N. Iraki, who, though, not disclosing where this was, says he went to a polling station, no doubt expecting a long queue, but was pleasantly surprised that he voted in 16 minutes. However, he wonders why many people must be at the polling station when it opens? Defying this “peculiar behaviour”, he went to vote at 2pm and was out in 15 minutes, even though he queued. “Next time, we need more booths for marking ballot papers. There were only two in my polling room made of cheap carton material.” His contact is [email protected]

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AMBITIOUS PLEDGES: As the dust settles on campaigns, with the elections now out of the way and the results coming in that will culminate in the formation of the government, Ruth Gituma says, the reality is setting in over the numerous ambitious pledges by the various candidates. She adds: “I am just curious, as I have not seen any mention in the party manifestos on how the new leadership will pay for the expansion of schools to accommodate the influx of students who will enroll for the ‘free’ education promised.” Her contact [email protected]

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SNAIL'S PACE: Not so impressed with the IEBC is Nairobi resident M. J. Gohil, who claims that the commission has failed again, with snail’s pace voting witnessed at various polling stations. At Highridge Primary School, he adds, he had to queue for two hours before casting his ballot. Worse, he states, there were no officials or police to guide the voters at the polling station. “I am 66, and I insisted that I be given a chair as my back started aching. Only then did the officials take me in. There were 300 people on the queue. With all the gadgets they could not speed up the process.” His contact is [email protected]

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MESSAGES: Quite relieved is Henry Kuria Karanja, who has been disgusted with receiving numerous unsolicited election campaign messages. However, he still wonders how candidates were able to obtain his contact and details and the particulars of other people. This, he argues, is a blatant violation of privacy and he is demanding an explanation from the Communications Commission of Kenya, as the information was shared without the consent of those who received the messages promoting candidates. His contact is Tel 702 605484 or [email protected]

Have a pleasant day, won’t you!