Chebukati says 6.5m voters turned out in Kenya repeat poll

Thursday October 26 2017

By The EastAfrican
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Kenya’s electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati has said that the latest actual figures from 267 constituencies show 6,553,858 Kenyans turned out to vote in the repeat presidential poll.

Mr Chebukati also posted on his Twitter handle that a comprehensive update on the elections results would be given Friday morning.

The commission, he said, continues to receive more data from the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (Kiems) devices.

Kenya poll agency IEBC postpones repeat vote in 4 counties

Kenya's electoral commission, IEBC, has put off repeat presidential poll in four counties in the opposition strongholds in western Kenya citing security challenges.

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati on Thursday said voting had failed to take off in Kisumu, Migori, Siaya and Homa Bay due to protests staged by supporters of the National Super Alliance (Nasa).

The repeat poll, Mr Chebukati said, will now be held on Saturday October 28 once security agencies restore order.

Three dead in Kenya repeat presidential vote chaos

At least three people have died in election related violence in western Kenya.

Two anti-election demonstrators were shot dead by police in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu while another person was killed by a mob in unclear circumstances.

Gunshot victims in hospital

At least one person has died and eight others admitted to various hospitals in opposition strongholds of Kisumu and Migori in western Kenya following clashes between rioters and police on the polling day.

Four of seven victims admitted at Kisumu's referral hospital have gunshot wounds.

The victims claim they were dragged out of their houses and clobbered, some shot by anti-riot police.

Low voter turnout

Voting did not take off in the morning in some parts of Kenya as election officials failed to turn up for work over security and safety fears.

In some areas in opposition strongholds, officials could not distribute materials as youths blocked roads to prevent the election from taking place.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga called for an election boycott, urging his supporters to stay at home.