A presiding officer in a Tigania East polling station was forced to physically search for a registered lone voter who failed to turn up during yesterday’s poll.
Onesmus Mwirabua the presiding officer of Lowangila Polling Station, Meru county, told People Daily that they had to look for the voter at a nearby shopping centre after he failed to show up for the second time. Zackary Miriti, the only voter registered at the station, did not cast his vote in the August 8 poll making the station to record zero votes in the August 8 election.
“We opened the station at 6 am and we were optimistic that he would show up because we got information that he was spotted in the area,” he said. The polling station which is located at the border of Isiolo and Meru counties is said to have been deserted by residents who chose to vote in other polling stations.
At Turigwi Polling Station only 10 out of 20 registered voters showed up to vote. Its presiding officer Janet Miriti said heavy down- pour affected the voting exercise. However, in the other parts of the county the exercise went on well with some areas marking high voter turnout.
Speaking after casting their votes Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi, Senator Mithika Linturi, former governor Peter Munya and a section of area MPs urged residents to vote for President Uhuru Kenyatta to enable him to double the votes he received on August 8. They said Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s withdrawal from the poll was a mischief.