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The Role of a Polling Clerk in Kenya

Who is in charge of elections in a polling station in Kenya? The major role of a Polling Clerk in Kenya is to ensure the good conduct of elections as in the polling station as assigned by the Presiding Officers.

The Polling Clerk is answerable to the Presiding Officer in the performance of their work. The Polling Clerk may perform any other duty assigned by the Returning Officer at the tallying centre.

Role of a Polling Clerk in Kenya

The role of a Polling Clerk in Kenya is as follows;

  • sets up and demarcates the polling station;
  • verifies the voter’s name, ID and voter’s card number in the register;
  • identifies a voter electronically;
  • issues ballot papers to voters;
  • marks voters to show that they have voted;
  • ensure the security of election materials under their custody;
  • manages queues and directs voters to respective polling stations.

Qualifications for a Polling Clerk

The qualifications for a Polling Clerk in Kenya include the following:

  • an aggregate score of C- and above in KSCE;
  • must be of good character and non-partisan;
  • must be available the entire period of the elections;
  • must be a resident of the Ward where the polling centre applied for is located.

Read also about the types of elections in Kenya.