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Machakos Senatorial by-election records low voter turnout

Machakos Senatorial by-election has recorded low voters turn out for the better part of the day with various political leaders calling on the residents to go and exercise their democratic right of electing their preferred Senator.

IEBC officials remained largely idle with most polling stations reporting a turnout of less than 15 percent by 1pm .

Wiper Party candidate Agnes Kavindu earlier claimed that there were attempts of voter bribery.

“At the end of the day we will know how the turnout has been. Iko majaribio ya bribery but hawataweza. Everybody is alert,” Kavindu said.

Machakos Governor and Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader Alfred Mutua urged voters to turn out and vote.

“At this time even as we vote I am asking our people wherever you are to come out and vote. When you vote you select the person you are also making a choice against the person you don’t want,” Governor Mutua said.

UDA party candidate Urbanus Ngengele also claimed that there was attempts of voter bribery during the excercise.

“Hatutaki mambo ya vita ama hii maneno ingine ya kununua kura tumeskia iko mahali watu wanapewa pesa,” Ngengele said.

A total of 11 candidates including three independent ones had expressed their interest for the Machakos Senatorial post.

However, Agnes Kavindu of Wiper and UDA’s Urbanus Ngengele were seen as front-runners alongside John Mutua Katuku of MAendeleo Chap Chap who had withdrawn from the race.

Machakos County has over 620 thousand voters, split across 1,335 polling stations.

The Machakos Senate seat fell vacant following the death of former Machakos Senator Boniface Kabaka in December 2020.

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