January 27, 2021

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Odinga manages substantial votes in Thika despite his withdrawal

Despite withdrawing from the repeat presidential poll race, opposition leader Raila Odinga garnered over 1,000 votes in Thika West Sub County which is perceived to be a Jubilee stronghold.

In the final results announced by the constituency returning officer Geoffrey Gitobu on Friday morning, Odinga managed 1,243 votes behind president Uhuru who garnered 99,517 votes.

Other candidates among them John Ekuru Aukot, Mohamed Abduba Dida, Shakhalaga Khwa Jirongo, Japeth Kavinga Kaluyu, Michael Wainaina Mwaura and Joseph William Nyaga managed 401, 424,72, 182, 53 and 97 votes respectively.

The voter turnout dropped by a bigger margin as compared to the previous polls whereby only 69.2 percent of the 147,344 registered voters cast their votes.

According to voters, the drop in the voter turnout was occasioned by chilly weather during the d-day, ignorance that president Uhuru would be automatically voted in and previous massive transfer of voters who according to residents were not ferried to their registered polling centres.

“Although the voter turn out dropped due to poor campaigns in this area, bad weather on the voting day, ignorance of some voters that their candidate would be automatically elected and massive transfer of voters, we hope president Uhuru will win the race.,” said Grace Gatimu.

“We hope that the election will not be nullified over the low turnout experienced across the country. We want peace and growth of our economy which has over the past one year fluctuated due to political upheavals. We are certain that the winner will embrace the losers in the leadership of the country as we seek to better Kenya,” Anthony Mugo, a voter hoped.

In Gatundu South constituency where president Uhuru cast his vote, president Uhuru managed 65,099 of 65,254 casted votes.

The turn out in Uhuru’s backyard remained almost the same with the previous polls with 86 percent of voters exercising their democratic right of voting.

In Gatundu North, a total of 59,069 out of the registered 67,643 casted their votes marking a high margin drop in voter turnout. 87.3 percent out of the previous 98 percent exercised their democratic right of voting.

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