Rowdy youth block voting in Nasa zones

Opposition supporters made good their threats to boycott the repeat presidential poll which was characterised by low voter turnout in some parts of the country.

Voting in perceived National Super Alliance (Nasa) strongholds was suppressed as Opposition supporters gave the exercise a wide berth while others disrupted the exercise.

In Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s backyards of Luo Nyanza, some parts of Western Kenya, Kisumu, Mombasa, Siaya, Homa Bay and a few areas in of Nairobi counties little or no activity was witnessed with supporters engaging the police in running battles in some of the areas.

There was drama at Karapul Primary School polling station in Siaya county after protestors killed a dog and hung its carcass at the school gate. Locals said it was a warning to Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officers.

“This is a warning that this is a danger zone and not a polling station,” one youth said. A spot check in Nyakach, Nyando and Muhoroni constituencies revealed that no election materials had been dispatched to the various polling centres with only a handful of the polling officials turning up for the exercise.

Only 27 out of 303 presiding officers and their deputies turned up for the exercise in Nyando constituency while all 497 clerks kept away from the polling stations.

Nyando Returning Officer Carol Okky said the poll officials who reported at the Constituency tallying centre had reservations about going to the respective stations for fear of being attacked.

In Siaya, failure by IEBC staffs to collect election materials for the 916 area polling stations halted the repeat presidential poll. At the same time, the vehicles contracted to transport the materials from the county IEBC headquarters to the six sub-counties terminated their contract at the eleventh hour after area politicians allegedly vowed to set their vehicles ablaze.

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