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The First Time I Voted in Kenya

The First Time I Voted in Kenya

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Nairobi/Nairobi, Kenya, Jun 28, 2013 / 02:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The first thing you would expect to see on the presidential ballot line at a polling station in Kenya is the presidential vote.

But, it’s not always as easy to find as you might think.

I found myself standing on the sidewalk outside a polling station in Uhuru Park in Nairobi, a city some 30 minutes outside of the capital of Nairobi, waiting to cast my vote on a busy Saturday afternoon.

I felt the strong smell of the burning plant waste as I stood there, and began to feel overwhelmed. There was no point in standing here, I thought. I had already gone in, and the same vote must have been cast.

I looked all around for a sign that said this was a polling station, but saw none. It would have been a simple thing to find one.

A woman came out of the building and told me to vote. I asked why, and she shrugged her shoulders and said, “Because God commands it.”

She led me into a building and took me to a seat at the table where I would write my name on a little card. She came back outside and told me to write my name on a paper.

I didn’t take the paper, because I wasn’t sure if I even needed one. I just felt like I should go ahead and vote at this point.

She came back out and told me that I needed to write my name on the little sign. I decided to do so anyway. I walked over to the table where I could write my name, and was instructed to sit down just at the other side of the table and take the card with my picture on it.

I walked back over to the other table and asked her why she had come back out and told me to vote at the table where I wasn’t allowed. She said, “Your friends won’t think you are eligible to cast a ballot.

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