Voting begins in Migori Senatorial by-election

Residents of Migori woke up early today to vote in the senatorial by-election occasioned by the death of Ben Oluoch Okello in June this year.

Voters were already at the polling stations as from 5am before the real voting began at 6am and some of the residents expressed satisfaction that they would freely exercise their democratic right in a peaceful environment.

“I am happy I have voted. All is well and we shall have our preferred senator,” said an elderly woman, Ms Grace Ocholla.

Security has been beefed in an outside the polling centres with officers sending away idlers.

An elderly woman casts her vote at Migori

Voters participating in the Migori Senatorial by-election.

The County has 826 polling stations which are being manned by at least two police officers.

Nyanza Regional police boss Leonard Katana said his officers will make sure order and peace is maintained during the by-election.

“We have mapped out the hotspots and our deployment in those areas will be different,” he said.

Some of the officers have been brought in from the neighbouring counties to assist in security surveillance.

Migori has been notorious for violence during campaigns and elections although minimal fracas was reported in this mini poll campaigns.

IEBC commissioner, Prof Abdi Guliye said the voting had kicked off smoothly and they hope that the exercise will end well.

Six candidates are battling it out for the sea. They are Mr Ochillo Ayacko (Orange Democratic Movement), Mr Eddy Oketh (Federal Party of Kenya), Mr Peter Jobando (Green Congress Party), Mr Solomon Hodo Rugaria (People’s Democratic Party), Mr Samwel Otieno (independent) and mr Dickson Ogolla (independent).

The Migori senate race is seen as a two-horse race between Mr Ayacko and Mr Oketch.

Migori County has about 388,000 registered voters


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