As votes continue to be tallied following Kenya’s Thursday presidential election rerun, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has reported one of the East African country’s lowest-ever electoral turnouts, with only an estimated 6.55-million Kenyans voting, Reuters reported on Friday.
IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati posted on his Twitter account that only 6.55-million Kenyans, or just 34.5 percent of registered voters, had gone to the polls. Turnout in the August vote that was later annulled by the courts was 80 percent.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga from the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, boycotted the re-run and urged his supporters to do the same, resulting in extremely low turn-outs in his stronghold areas.
But even in areas loyal to President Uhuru Kenyatta and his ruling Jubilee Party voter turnout was lower than expected.
However, the IEBC has pushed the polls for four Nyanza counties, where the Odinga’s party is popular, ahead to Saturday.
Meanwhile, a presiding officer has been arrested in Magarini, Kilifi County, after he abandoned ballot boxes and switched off his phone.
Four other presiding officers delayed announcement of results at Shanzu Teachers College tallying centre in Kisauni constituency after they abandoned ballot boxes and also switched off their phones, Kenya’s East African reported.
Magarini police managed to trace the presiding officer and arrested him for absconding duty.