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Low voter turn out in Migori by-election

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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.

The outcome of the by-election could definitely change Nyanza’s political matrix.

Former Energy minister Ochillo Ayacko of ODM is running against other four contenders among them the youthful Eddy Muok Oketch of Federal Party of Kenya being Ochillo’s big challenger.

Nyanza is believed to be stronghold for ODM party but Federal Party of Kenya has of recent gained popularity in the area. Governor Obado clinched to seat in 2013 with FPK party.

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.

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.

The IEBC has promised a credible poll, assuring the candidates and voters that the will of the people will prevail.

The Senate seat was left vacant after the demise of veteran radio journalist Ben Oluoch Okello, who died in June 2018.

The by-election comes at a time where area governor Okoth Obado is being detained in connection with the murder of pregnant Rongo University student Sharon Otieno.

Obado, who is a murder suspect in the case will be taken to court today where he will be appealing for his release on bail.

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Amidst bashing by local leaders after he was adversely mentioned in the murder of the student, whose body was found dumped in Kodera forest, some of his supporters have stood with him.

Same supporters have thrown their weight behind Mr Oketch, who is touted at a main challenger for Ochillo Ayacko a darling of former premier Raila Odinga.

They believe that their leader is innocent and that it is only a matter of time and he will be vindicatted.

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