August 9

High voter turnout as ODM conducts primaries in Kisumu

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 17:24 | By
Voters during ODM primaries in Kisumu. PHOTO/Viola Kasome

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) nominations in Kisumu county were marked with a huge turnout as several supporters came out to nominate aspirants to contest various seats.

A spot check by People Daily Digital in various polling stations within the county established that the exercise that began at 6 am was peaceful in nearly all the places.

However, in Muhoroni Sub-county, the supporters said that there were not enough voting gadgets that delayed the exercise for a while.

At Obago Primary School, for instance, long queues were witnessed for hours, especially for the elders since there was only one kit available.

Mark Okalo, a resident complained that the polling centre usually has five polling stations which were collapsed into one, slowing the process due to high numbers.

"It is very unfortunate that we have only been supplied with one gadget despite people being many," he said.

At around 11 am, one kit was however added at Obago Primary School to ease the congestion following people's complaints.

On his side, Muhoroni MP Joshua K'Oyoo who is defending his seat appealed to the area residents to maintain calmness throughout the voting period.

"I want to plead with my people to be peaceful and maintain total calmness because after this, we are still brothers and sisters and we still need to work together in a bid to boost our economy," he said.

He added: "I have voted and made my choices including myself and it is my prayer that other candidates will also maintain peace during the entire process."

Senator aspirant Ayiecho Olueny also said there were not enough voting gadgets. He advised National Election Board to do better.

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