Leaders oppose Chebukati decision to extend voting in Nyanza region

Tension is building up in Homa Bay County as irate youths have vowed not to participate in the repeat presidential election Saturday as directed by the IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati .

The youth who spoke to press in the town said the voting exercise was over and they are waiting for the incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta to be declared the winner and sworn into office as soon as possible.

The youths have also barricaded all the major roads with big stones thereby disrupting transport and business in the region.

On the other hand, Political leaders and Pentecostal churches in the region have also strongly opposed the decision of extending more time for voting.

The leaders led by Homa Bay gubernatorial aspirant Joseph Oyugi Magwanga said that setting Saturday is very wrong since a large number of people in the entire Nyanza province are Seventh Day Adventist Church followers.

While speaking to KNA on phone, Magwanga also alleged that the extension was a rigging strategy by the IEBC to make the incumbent garner the required votes to make him declared the president.

Homa Bay governor Cyprian Awiti has also urged the residents of the county and other three counties in Nyanza region not to participate in the repeat of presidential election slated for Saturday after the voting exercise aborted in the four counties on Thursday.

Awiti told off Chebukati against organizing such polls in Homa Bay, Migori, Kisumu and Siaya counties saying NASA will not participate in the election before their demands are taken into consideration.

At the same time, Awiti applauded the residents of the County for not showing up during the Thursday poll saying as NASA they cannot participate in the election whose result has been predetermined.

Other leaders also expressed the same sentiments with the chairman of Great Southern Nyanza Spiritual Churches in Homa Bay and Migori counties Cardinal Joel Odero who said Saturday he will be in church with his congregants.

Source: Kenya News Agency