Mathare by-election marred by poor voter turn out

Polling stations closed down at 5pm in Monday’s parliamentary by-election in Mathare constituency giving way to vote counting.

Only a fraction of the over 88,000 registered voters in the constituency had turned out to cast their ballot at the 115 polling centers.

Nine candidates took part in the by-election. They are George Wanjohi of TNA, Steven Kariuki of ODM, Billian Okoth Ojiwa (Nationa Labour Party), Sammy Jentruo Mudanya (Progressive Party of Kenya), Fwamba Nyangangali Crispus (Maendeleo Democratic Party). Barack Obat Blasto, Nixon Kavai Inziria, Mariam Muthoni Macharia and William Omondi are independent candidates.

Mathare parliamentary By-election underway

Voting is already underway at 115 polling stations in today’s parliamentary By-election in Mathare.

Polling stations opened as early as 6am although the voter turnout is still low. This is the first by-election being held in Nairobi since the 2013 elections and nine candidates are taking part.

The candidates are; George Wanjohi of TNA, Steven Kariuki of ODM, Billian Okoth Ojiwa (Nationa Labour Party), Sammy Jentruo Mudanya (Progressive Party of Kenya), Fwamba Nyangangali Crispus (Maendeleo Democratic Party). Barack Obat Blasto, Nixon Kavai Inziria, Mariam Muthoni Macharia and William Omondi are independent candidates.

Mathare constituency has more than 88, 000 registered voters.