Homa Bay residents give election wide berth
12 February 2015, 14:27
Nairobi - Homa Bay residents barely came out of their slumber to vote for a new Senator, signs of the uncertainty that has hit the area in recent times.
There were very few people on the lines early in the morning when the polling stations opened at 6 AM and a cross check by News24 during the day showed some polling stations completely empty with attendants and agents having nothing to do.
The candidates, the main ones anyway, Orange Democratic Movement ODM's Moses Kajwang and Maendeleo Party of Kenya's Philip Okundi agreed that the turnout was low.
" The turnout is low. It is disappointing to see voter apathy," Kajwang said of the situation.
Okundi too agreed that the turnout could be better but said that he expected it to pick up during the day.
" It is low, I have been told, but it will improve after people avail themselves from their other duties of the day," Okundi said.
According to many persons interviewed by News24, the issue of the day, the elections had been overshadowed by the political shenanigans on offer.
" There has been too many issues, especially the ones to do with ODM and the candidacy," Julius Okoth, an ODM supporter who did not vote said.
Other ODM supporters were of the same opinion, where they did not have a candidate they liked.
" I wanted to vote for Jakakimba (Silas Ouko) but since he is not in the election, I will not vote for either Kajwang or Okundi, they are now my choices," David Nyakimba added.
Homa Bay has just over 326,000 registered voters but from the signs, it seems even getting a third to vote will be a success.
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