Voting fails to kick off in some parts of Nyanza

Voting in some parts of Nyanza, an area perceived to be pro-NASA failed to kick off Thursday morning as IEBC officials stayed away.

They cited security concerns as the reason why they did not show up at their duty posts.

In other areas of Nyanza region, election materials could not be transported because youths barricaded roads.

A case in point is Homa Bay where County Returning Officer Michael Kosgey told the press that officials failed to report to work thereby crippling the poll from taking place.

“The poll isn’t taking place because the officials we hired to oversee it have given it a wide berth in fear of their lives,” he told Daily Nation.

By 10am there were no polling materials in Homa Bay polling stations since the roads had been barricaded by youths.

In addition, they moved from one polling station to another checking if there was anyone voting.

In Nyando constituency, most polling stations remained closed.

Some 497 clerks for the constituency did not show up while 14 deputy presiding officers spent Wednesday night at Ahero Multi-purpose Hall fearing for their lives.

Returning officer Carol Okky said: “We trained a number of poll officials but most of them disappeared for fear of their lives.”

Nyando has 148 polling stations and 74,640 registered voters.

In Kisumu County, voting materials had not been dispatched to polling stations in Kisumu West and East constituencies respectively by Thursday morning.

Kisumu East Returning Officer Yvonne Okeyo said presiding officers received death threats.

This made it difficult for her to deploy them to polling stations.

In Kisumu West, nothing was happening.

“We are just seated here. We have been unable to transport the voting materials and even people are not turning up,” said Returning Officer Dennis Obara.

In neighboring Vihiga County, home to Musalia Mudavadi, voters did not turn up to vote,

Despite polling stations being open by 6am, voters remained off the polling stations.

In Kisii, there were just few voters, not more than 10 in the queues.

Presiding officer in Kisii Primary School polling station Danvas Ongwacho was however optimistic more people would turn up to vote.

“We are however optimistic that the number will increase during the course of the day.”