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High turn out registered in JP strongholds

There was slightly higher voter turnout in Jubilee Party strongholds as voters braved the chilly morning weather to cast their votes for the repeat presidential election.

This was, however, a contrast to National Super Alliance (Nasa) strongholds, where supporters boycotted voting as instructed by their leaders.

Voters started streaming to the polling stations as early as 5 am to cast their votes and long queues of people could be seen as they waited patiently for their turn to vote.

In Murang’a, leaders lauded the high voter turnout exuding confidence that Jubilee will carry the day. Free transport for voters was provided for the second day as hundreds of people who live in Nairobi travelled upcountry to vote.

Governor Mwangi Wa Iria, Senator Irungu Kang’ata and Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro said their vigorous campaign to mobilise people to come out and vote paid off. In Kericho, political leaders led by Governor Paul Chepkwony, thanked residents for maintaining peace during the repeat election.

In Gilgil, voters were forced to walk or use motorcycles after heavy rains pounding the area rendered some roads impassable. Transportation of election materials was affected on Wednesday evening.

Gilgil MP Martha Wangari admitted that the rains had affected the process but lauded residents for turning out in large numbers to exercise their constitutional right despite the poor weather.

In Nakuru, voters started streaming to the polling stations as early as 5am although the turnout was low compared to August 8. Governor Lee Kinyanjui joined voters in the exercise and lauded them for embracing peace and was confident that the long electioneering will soon be over to allow Kenyans to go back to nation building.

County elections coordinator Mohamed Adan confirmed that voting had taken part in all the 168 polling stations in the county. He said voting materials and election staff had been airlifted to the area.

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