Migori County decides as low voter turnout bites
Migori County Senate by-election kicked off Monday morning with low voter turnout being witnessed across many polling stations.
Pictures shared on social media depict short queues painting a picture of a possible voter-apathy.
Former Cabinet Minister for Energy Ochillo Ayacko is running against other four contenders among them the youthful Eddy Muok Oketch.
Oketch is on Federal Party of Kenya, the same party that took sitting area governor Okoth Obado to leadership in 2013. He is viewed as a fierce contender against Ochillo, who runs in ODM ticket.
With scanty numbers of people streaming in to cast their votes, officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission are however optimistic that the turnout will improve by day.
The IEBC has promised a credible poll, assuring the candidates and voters that the will of the people will prevail. A post on its twitter handle states:
"Each of the poll officials (POs and DPOs), who will conduct the Oct. 8th By-elections in Migori County (Senate) and Central Sakwa (CAW- Bondo, Siaya), took an oath today to maintain the secrecy of the ballot."
The Senate seat was left vacant after the demise of veteran radio journalist Ben Oluoch Okello, who died in June 2018.
According to the figures posted on IEBC website, the county has 388,633 registered voters and 826 polling stations.
In August 2017 General Elections, the late Ben Olouch Okello clinched the Senatorial seat with a total 68,194 votes.