Vote tallying yet to be completed in Lamu over security challenges

MOKOWE arid zone constituency tallying centre in Lamu West. PHOTO: NATASHA NEMA.

Lamu, KENYA:Votes in 15 out of the 45 polling stations in Lamu East Sub-County are yet to be tallied.

This follows a delay brought about by the difficulties in ferrying of the ballot boxes and papers to the constituency tallying centre in Faza Island.

According to Lamu East IEBC Returning Officer Japheth Omara, the 15 polling stations whose results are yet to be received are from the terror-prone areas of Basuba and Kiunga.

He said so far they have been able to count and announce votes from 30 polling stations.

Omara said due to the security and transport challenges encountered in Basuba and Kiunga, they will have to wait for a chopper which will be sent to the said areas in the morning to have the staff and their election materials ferried to the tallying centre in Faza town.

“We have so far managed to county votes from 30 polling stations out of the 45. We would have completed the tallying exercise but as you are aware, our staff in Basuba and Kiunga couldn’t travel at night due to the unpredictable security situation in the area. A chopper will go to ferry them this morning. We expect the tallying exercise in the entire constituency to end this morning,” said Omara.

At the Lamu West Arid Zone Primary School constituency tallying centre, announcing of votes is still ongoing since yesterday after the Presidential repeat poll exercise was closed at 5pm in most of the polling stations in the region.

Lamu West Constituency has the highest number of registered voters with over 50,000 out of the 69,776 voters in the entire county coming from Lamu West.

During the Thursday repeat poll exercise, Lamu Island and the general area of Lamu East witnessed a low voter turnout with a high number of voters showing up in most polling station in Mpeketoni Division which is considered a Jubilee stronghold.