Embakasi South By-Election hit by Low Voter Turn out

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For the better part of Friday morning there was still low voter turn out being witnessed at many polling stations in Embakasi south.

Voters started trickling in polling stations in the wee hours of Friday morning to elect their MP after the seat fell vacant last December

IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati has told journalists that polling stations opened at 6am and voting is going on well.

Aspirant Irshad Sumra said the low turn out was majorly because of the elections happening on a working day.

“I’ve campaigned and now my fate lies in the hands of wananchi of Embakasi. The voter turn out is low but I am appealing to voters to come out and vote.” Sumra said

Sumra also accused his rival Julius Mawathe of bribing voters at different polling stations.

“My agent found one of Mawathe’s guys bribing voters at Jobenfa and took him to the police, unfortunately police also arrested him so I don’t understand what is going on but it’s something I am going to follow up.” He added

Two people were arrested in Kware ward after ODMyouth apprehended two who were bribing voters and drumming support for Mawathe outside Jobenfa polling station.

The by-election was prompted after former MP Irshad Sumra successfully petitioned the election of Julius Mawathe at the Supreme Court.

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