In Summary

  • He insisted that it was a sin for him to paint his nails.
  • He said he would not allow “a mere election protocol to put spoil the good relationship he has with his God”.
  • He left the station cursing and praying for Allah’s forgiveness at the same time.

A 75-year-old man caused a stir at the Lamu Fort polling station Tuesday after he refused to be marked with indelible ink as a sign that he had voted, saying it was against his religion “to paint his fingernails”.

IEBC officials had to convince Mr Ali Mohamed Miji to agree to have ink applied on his left little finger shortly after he cast his vote at the polling station.

He complained that his religion does not allow him to paint his nails in any way and thus refused to be marked.

He insisted that it was a sin for him to paint his nails and added that he was worried that his prayers would not be accepted by Allah if he lifts a painted finger towards him.

'MERE PROTOCOL'

Mr Miji said he would not allow “a mere election protocol to put spoil the good relationship he has with his God”.

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