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Low voter turnout as Wajir West residents choose their MP - 3 weeks ago, 03:00

Abdimalik Hajir

Voting in the Wajir West parliamentary by-election was yesterday characterised by low voter turnout.

However, voting went on smoothly despite few hiccups in some polling centres, including malfunctioning of some electronic voter identification devices.

Most polling stations were open at 6am, with police deployed to ensure law and order.

Voters were frisked before queuing to cast their votes. Most polling stations in urban centres reported higher voter turnout.

The main protagonists in the mini-poll are Jubilee’s Ahmed Kolosh, the former area MP, and Kanu’s Ibrahim Mohammed.

The two cast votes early morning before moving round the constituency to monitor voting.

Mr Kolosh, who expressed confidence of recapturing the seat, voted at Wajir Girls Secondary School.

“The exercise is going on well. The only problem is the voter identification gadgets which are slow. It is taking longer to identify one voter, but so far so good,” said Kolosh.

Mohammed was ...
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