In Summary
  • Migori has been notorious for violence during campaigns and elections.

Low voter turnout and delays caused by failure of voter identification gadgets have marked the ongoing Migori senatorial by-election.

Voters continue to slowly trickled into the polling stations across the county.

But election officials said they have been managing the challenges with electoral commissioner Abdi Guliye warning it is too early to quantify the turnout. 

"You can only make accurate judgements of turn out from 3pm," Mr Guliye said, angered by reports indicating voter apathy. 


At Kehancha Primary School polling station, 50 voters had cast their ballots by 10am. The station has 1,750 registered voters. 

At Igena Primary School which is also in Kehancha, Kuria West, a paltry 36 out of 2,400 registered voters had cast their votes by 10am. 

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Officials attributed the low voter turnout to it being a work day.

"May be it is because it is a work day. Scores of people may have gone to their farms as it is planting season while others may have reported to their work places. Very few voters are coming," said Mr Zachary Boke, a deputy presiding officer at Igena Primary School.

The official, however, exuded confidence that many voters will turn up as the day progresses.

The situation is the same in Kuria East. At Kegonga Primary School polling station, IEBC officials told Nation that few voters come in at intervals of close to an hour. 

"One voter comes and it takes close to an hour before the next comes. We have little to do," a clerk at Kegonga.

Mr Jared Otieno, the presiding officer at Kowiti Primary School in Suna East Constituency has expressed disappointment over the low voter turnout, but said everything thing else is okay.

ODM candidate Ochillo Ayacko cast his vote some minutes to 10am at St Mark's Tom Mboya Secondary School in Awendo. 

He said voting has been going on well despite the delay caused by failure of the identification kits.

Mr Peter Jobando, the Green Congress of Kenya candidate, cast his vote at Kowiti Primary School. He asked voters to turn out in large numbers and vote.

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