Bungoma by-election: Slow start as residents pick new Senator
It is a slow morning as Bungoma residents begin casting their votes for a new Senator.
Polling stations were opened at 6am with maximum security.
Even so as of 8:30 am, very few had showed up to elect their preferred candidates.
The mini election comes after Moses Wetangula was elevated to the position of the speaker of the National assembly.
Kanduyi constituency returning officer Stanley Kipkore said ballot boxes were on Wednesday distributed in 242 polling centers with 118,347 registered voters expected to vote today.
Various candidates and elected leaders have already voted including the Ford Kenya candidate Wafula Wakoli,UDA candidate Mwambu Mabonga and DAP-K candidate Wafula Wamunyinyi.
The Senate speaker Moses Wetangula has decried the low voter turn out urging electorates to come out and vote for their preferred candidate saying that it is their democratic right to do so.
“Maybe it’s too early to judge but by the look of things the turn out is going to be low but we are positive that with the vigorous mobilisation we have done people will come out and excersice their democratic rights,”he said.
It’s is speculated that the turn out might translate to just over 50 percent.So far in muskoma primary school Kanduyi constituency the kiems skits at 5.1 % of the total voters who have voted.
The IEBC county returning officer Grace Rono says that this being a by election the low turn out is expected.
‘You know this is not like a general election where everyone participates,but we urge Bungoma residents to come out in large numbers and vote because worver wins will reflect on how the county performs,”said Rono.
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