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Huge turnout in Kisumu as polling kicks off

Long queues formed at polling stations in Kisumu Central, as thousands of voters braved a chilly morning to cast their vote.

A number of voters kept vigil at the polling station while others went door to door waking-up voters to participate in the exercise.

At Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds, polling kicked-off smoothly at 6am with voters expressing satisfaction with the exercise.

Kisumu Governor, Prof Anyang Nyong’o, cast his vote at Ratta Primary in Seme Sub-County at 8:30am.

Nyong’o who is defending his seat on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party ticket said the turnout was impressive.

“Voters started queuing as early as 3am. The atmosphere is calm and I am confident of a win,” he said.

He expressed fear over a delay in the delivery of papers in some parts of Muhoroni, urging the IEBC to look into the issue.

The delay, he added had caused tension in parts of Nyakach Sub-County.

Security officers, he said have been deployed in the area to calm the situation.

Nyong’o appealed to the voters to remain calm and conduct the exercise in a peaceful manner.

By Chris Mahandara

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