, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 16 – As early as 6am, voting had kicked off at Ndongoro Primary School in Kiambu County, in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s stronghold.
Shadrack Kinyanjui an IEBC clerk said voting kicked off effortlessly, despite a generally lower turn out compared to the last election.
He however said the numbers were coming in steadily with voting taking place quickly since it involved only one ballot paper.
“There’s a generally low turnout today. I wouldn’t know what to blame it on, could be the rains, could be the accompanying cold. However, we have to factor in that it is really quick to vote this time round, so people are voting quickly and going home hence no queues,” Kinyanjui added.
Leonard Kinuthia Muroki, an elderly Kabete businessman said he was at the polling station as early as 4am with the intent of voting.
He added he was pleased that he got to exercise his right and hoped to speak to others and encourage them to go out and vote.
“As a businessman, seeing this election happen today is a good thing because it means the country can move forward. I have made so many losses this year due to the prolonged electioneering period. Before I would make sales of up to Sh100,000 in a day but now we are closing at about Sh10,000 which is really bad business for us,” Muroki, who operates a car dealer said.
At Wangige Primary School, voting went on smoothly, despite the rains.
“Since the announcement of the repeat of the presidential poll, I’ve been eagerly waiting to come and vote again, and I’m glad I did,” James Kamau, a voter at the station said.