, KISII, Kenya, Jun 10 – Polling stations closed at 1500GMT on Thursday in South Mugirango in a hotly contested by-election.
The exercise, which kicked off at 6am, was characterised by low voter turnout in some polling stations, although other areas had long queues.
Immediate former area MP Omingo Magara – who lost the seat in an election petition – cast his ballot at Oruuaki polling station, while his main challengers Ibrahim Ochoi of the Orange Democratic Movement and Manson Nyamweya of Ford People voted at Emesa and Nyabienga polling stations respectively.
Two hundred officers had been deployed to maintain security, with 50 of them stationed at the tallying station.
Results were expected later on Thursday. Figures from various polling stations were to be transmitted electronically to the tallying centre, and the exercise was to be monitored in Nairobi where the Interim Independent Electoral Commission has set up base.
The seat fell vacant after the High Court in Kisii nullified the election of Omingo Magara as area MP on an ODM ticket.
He decamped from the Orange party to seek reelection on a People\’s Democratic Party (PDP) ticket.