Vote counting gets underway after Kenya poll

October 26, 2017 7:11 pm
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In Kibera, the tallying centre was a beehive of activity as ballot boxes arrived from polling stations/CFM NEWS

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 26 – Counting of votes got underway in all parts of Nairobi County after voting ended at exactly at 5pm.

At St Teresa Primary polling station in Mlango Kubwa within Mathare Constituency, there were no queues by the time polling closed.

In some parts, polling stations recorded low turnout, a factor that was attributed to insecurity.

“There is no voting…” protesting youths would be heard chanting.

In Kibera and Mathare, youths took to the streets barring potential voters from participating in the presidential election.

In other regions like Nyanza, no election was held and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission announced postponement to Saturday.

Several people sustained injuries while two others were shot dead in Athi River following a bloody clash with police.

In Kibera, the tallying centre was a beehive of activity as ballot boxes arrived from polling stations.

Results were streaming into the tallying centre from Sarangombe, Woodley, Makina, Laini Saba and Lindi wards.

The expansive constituency with around 118,000 registered voters is perceived to be NASA leader Raila Odinga’s stronghold.

During the day, Sarangombe ward was hit by running battles between the police and protestors who did not want the elections to proceed.

However, riot police were able to quell the situation and voting continued amidst a low voter turnout compared to the August 8 election.

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