Mombasa and Kakamega gubernatorial elections to be held in two weeks

Voting at Likoni checkpoint./Kibamba Victor

Mombasa and Kakamega counties will be voting for their governors in two weeks time.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chair Wafula Chebukati said by-elections for Mombasa and Kakamega counties on the 23rd of August 2022.

“The Commission has decided to hold by elections in eight electoral areas due to court orders and mismatch of material content on 23rd August 2022,” said Chebukati.

Apart from the Mombasa and Kakamega gubernatorial by-elections, IEBC will also be carrying out Member of National Assembly by-elections in Kitui Rural, Kacheliba, Pokot South and Rongai constituencies.

IEBC will also be carrying Member of County Assembly by-elections in Nyaki West and Kwa Njenga wards.

Meanwhile, voting in most polling stations have been closed except in areas where voting started late.

In Eldas constituency, Wajir County, voting will continue at 6am on Wednesday after the exercise was adjourned due to security reasons.

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“At around 4pm, 12,065,803 registered voters in out of 22,120, 458 had cast their vote. This equates to 56.17 percent of voter turn-out excluding voting through the manual register,” said Chebukati.

“Further the Commission has noted there are still long queues of voters at the polling stations. In areas where voting started late or were interrupted such as Kakamega and Makueni counties, time lost will be compensated,” he added.

The voting process was peaceful in many areas while in others security forces had to be involved to restore peace and order.