LOW TURNOUT IN KENYA’S FRESH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION THURSDAY

NAIROBI, The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has estimated a 48 per cent voter turnout in more than 80 per cent of all polling stations which opened for Thursday’s Supreme Court-mandated repeat president election which was boycotted by the opposition candidate, Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition.

IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati announced that 50 constituencies had all their polling stations open. A total of 5,319 polling stations did not send messages to Nairobi that they were opening and he added that voters scheduled to vote in the affected polling stations would have another chance to exercise their democratic right on Saturday.

A total of 35,564 polling stations, representing 87 per cent of the total number of polling stations, sent an opening message,” he told journalists in his second media briefing of Polling Day at the IEBC elections centre here. By10 pm, 27,124 of 40,883 polling stations had their polling results posted on the IEBC portal.

Chebukati says he was waiting for returning officers to physically make available the Form 34A result slips at the IEBC polls centre before the final tally was announced. By 10 pm, 27,124 of 40,883 Form 34As had been posted on the portal.

The IEBC postponed voting in the counties of Kisumu, Migori, Homabay and Siaya in the opposition stronghold of western Kenya to Saturday the 28th of October 2017. Chebukati cited security challenges as the main reason for the postponement.

Addressing the press on the progress of the voting exercise from Bomas of Kenya, the chairperson said most polling

Security was tightened across the country with police and other security personnel deployed to protect voters and polling stations. Police clashed with opposition supporters in some areas, with some of the supporting blocking access to polling stations and barricading roads.

Unconfirmed reports say police fired live rounds of ammunition and tear gas to disperse rowdy opposition supporters in the western city of Kisumu and in the Kibera areas of Nairobi.

International observers also scaled down their monitoring missions for security reasons.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK