The repeat presidential election was concluded Friday in Saku constituency in Marsabit County with President Uhuru Kenyatta leading after garnering 10,842 votes.
The exercise marked a 40.9 per cent turn out after 11, 085 out of 27,098 registered voters cast their votes at the 68 polling stations in the constituency.
The returning officer Mr Justus Nzomo while declaring the results at the Moi girls’ secondary hall tallying centre said the due process was followed to avoid repeat of mistakes made in the August 8 elections.
The voter turnout was generally low which residents and leaders attributed to rains that pounded the area for the best part of the day.
The returning officer said 19 ballots cast were rejected in the exercise that saw NASA leader and who had pulled out of the race get 134 votes.
Other presidential candidates who included Dr Ekuro Aukot managed 11 votes, Mohammed Dida 83, Cyrus Jirongo and Prof. Michael Mwaura got 4 votes each, Joseph Nyagah 6 while Dr Kavinga Kaluyu managed one vote.
Speaking soon after the results were announced, Jubilee chief agent at the constituency and MP for the area colonel (Rtd) Ali Dido Rasso said the election was conducted in a free and transparent manner.
The legislator noted that despite heavy rains hampering the process to a large extent the voter turnout was impressive.
Colonel Rasso said the lead by President Kenyatta had vindicated his victory in the August 8 polls and asked politicians to learn to respect the will of the people expressed at the ballot.
The MP called on his constituents and Kenyans to shake off the electioneering mood and instead focus on development.
We cannot do politics from January to December. It is time we now shifted from issues of elections to our daily chores and development, he advised.
Source: Kenya News Agency