This article focuses on the roles of a polling clerk in Kenya. Polling clerks are one of the election officials hired on a temporary basis by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to assist in conducting elections in a polling station.
Polling clerks are answerable to the Presiding Officer based at the polling station. The Presiding Officer is the one who issues instructions to the clerks and guides them accordingly.
Roles of a Polling Clerk in Kenya
- Ensure the smooth flow of voters at the polling station.
- Manage queues and direct voters accordingly.
- Mark voters as proof that the respective voter has voted.
- Preparation and arrangement of polling and counting rooms.
- Assist the Presiding officer in sorting and counting ballots.
- Assist voters where possible or if they need help in any way.
- Assist the Presiding officer to stamp and issue ballot papers to voters.
- Assist the Presiding officer to set up the polling station before the day of election.
- Verification of voters details in the register, this includes details such as the voter’s name, ID and voter’s card number.
- Set up and demarcate the polling station and ensure there is order at all times.
- Ensure that voters exercise their right to vote and cast their votes in secret.
- Ensure the polling station is neat and tidy/ keep the polling station neat at all times.
- Perform any other function that may be assigned by the Presiding Officer.
Qualifications for a Polling Clerk in Kenya
- Must have an aggregate score of C- and above in KCSE.
- Be a Kenyan citizen of high level of integrity and be non-partisan.
- Be of good character.
- Must be available for the entire period of the elections.
- Have good communication skills.
- Be polite and professional when dealing with voters.
- Must be a resident of the ward where the polling centre he/she applied for is located.