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Mwingi West: Low turnout witnessed at Kyome/Thaana by-election

Thursday, December 8th, 2022 13:06 | By
Low turnout witnessed at Kyome Thaana by-elections in Mwingi West
A local cast her vote at AIC Kyime Primary school in ongoing MCA by elections in Kyome Thaana ward, Mwingi west,Kitui PHOTO/Linah Musangi

77 voting centres across Kyome /Thaana ward were opened on Thursday, December 8 at 6:00 am in line with the scheduled by-elections.

However, there's a low turnout as no queues are witnessed in most of the polling stations.

Mwingi west Returning Officer, John Mwawasi has said the exercise is going on smoothly and no irregularities have been witnessed.

"All the stations opened at 6 am and locals are showing up to vote for their third MCA," Mwawasi said.

The ward has a total of 11 candidates battling for the representative position.

The by-elections which came months after the general elections were occasioned by the demise of one of the candidates who passed on moments after being cleared by IEBC.

Stanley Muthengi who was eying the seat on the Tujibebe party lost his life following a road crash on Thika Road, just moments after presenting his nomination papers and being cleared by the IEBC six months ago.

Following the death of duly cleared candidates, the IEBC also postponed MCA elections in five wards including South Gem Ward in Siaya County, Kyome/Thaana in Kitui County, Oloimasani Ward in Narok County, Mumias North in Kakamega and Utawala Ward in Nairobi County.

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