Smooth voting in Nakuru apart from ballot mix-up

August 8, 2017 8:22 pm
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Smooth voting exercise experienced in Nakuru, which is the third largest voting bloc/FILE

, NAKURU, Kenya, Aug 8 – Voting in Nakuru, the third largest voting bloc after Nairobi and Kiambu respectively went on smoothly with only one incident of mixed up ballots.

Nairobi Road Primary School polling center received ballots for a polling center in Kirinyaga.

Voting at the tallying center was delayed by close to five hours as IEBC officials sought ways of getting ballot papers for the center.

Nakuru has 949,618 registered voters and 1,806 polling stations.

It is largely viewed as a Jubilee stronghold although there are pockets of Opposition areas such as Nakuru Town West and parts of Naivasha.

In the last General Election, out of the 11 constituencies, the Opposition bagged one parliamentary position for Nakuru Town West.

However, the MP, Samuel Arama sided with the government prompting the Orange Democratic Party to denounce him in late 2015.

Arama is seeking to retain his seat on a Jubilee ticket with tight competition from the ODM candidate, Isoe Ochoki.

Still in 2013, the Opposition managed to get representatives in three wards out of 55 namely Kivumbini in Nakuru Town East Kaptembwa, Nakuru Town West and Olkaria in Naivasha.

However, Kuresoi South parliamentary seat might go to the Opposition if the incumbent Zakayo Cheruiyot retains the seat.

He has since left Kanu for Chama Cha Mashinani which is under the NASA Coalition.

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