Radar’s network of reporters from across Kenya have been texting in news from polling booths during the first Kenyan national election since the constitution was changed.
From the streets of Mombasa on the east coast to Kisumu on Kenya’s western border, the urban slum of Nairobi’s Kibera to the rural voting outposts of northern Turkana, Radar’s reporters shared events from their communities as the vote unfolded.
We received our first report at 4am East Africa Time (1am GMT) as the day dawned from a sleepy Simon Thiani who had already started queueing outside his Nairobi polling station. “We got here at 3am, some of us slept here,” he reported a voter called Kimani as saying.
Over the next 16 hours Radar received more than 200 SMS reports from polling stations across the country, as well as photos from mobile phones.
The news included:
- Some women coping with long queues by borrowing babies to get voting priority;
- Votes being cast by the internally displaced in Kenya;
- Disabled voters being prioritised and helped by election officials to ensure they had the right access;
- IEBC officers refusing to return to their voting stations to extend voting due to fear of violence after the ballots closed;
- Audio on the voting process in Limuru;
- Video on voters and the voting process, including from Mathare and Kibera slums;
- Electricity outages meaning registration became battery-powered (see left);
- Voters turned away from the polls because of mistakes in registration, including at least 20 women in Kibera.
Radar’s reporters will be continuing to send in their news as the ballots are counted, in the hopes that the peaceful way the vast majority of the voting was carried out is maintained.
Stay tuned to our Twitter feed, Crowdmap and Tumblr blog for all the updates as they arrive! Radar thanks all our reporters for their hard work to bring the world this news, and all our partner agencies in Kenya for their support.