In nearly a third of the counties less than 15 per cent of registered voters cast ballots in the October 26 election, data from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) shows.

The 14 counties that recorded a voter turnout of below 15 per cent were from Western, Coast, lower Eastern, North Eastern and Nyanza regions.

However, voters from Central Kenya turned up to vote in the repeat presidential election on October 26 in nearly the same numbers as the August 8 polls, according to the IEBC figures.

With 7,653,930 votes, the overall voter turnout was 39 per cent, calculated against all the 19,611,423 registered voters in Kenya.  Of the cast votes 7,616, 217 were valid while 37,713 were rejected.

About a third of the votes or 2,392,549 were cast in Central region which translated to an average turnout of 82 per cent, a four percentage point drop from 86 per cent in August.  

Of the regions that did not totally shun the election, lower Eastern and Western had the lowest turnouts of nine per cent each, followed by Coast (14 per cent) and North Eastern (19 per cent).

In second place was mid and upper Eastern region including Embu, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Isiolo and Marsabit counties, with 61 per cent, a decline of 18 percentage points from 79 per cent in August. 

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