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Vote counting starts in Mombasa

Counting is underway in most of the polling stations in Mombasa County after the voting process came to an end at 5pm on Tuesday.

However some voters are still casting their votes in a few centers which were opened late following logistic challenges.

According to the County Returning Officer Swalha Ibrahim, voters will be compensated with equal time that was lost due to the delays over various reasons including challenges with the electronic KIEMS kit.

Ms Ibrahim confirmed that incidents of delays in opening polling stations and problems with electronic voter registration equipment were reported in several areas but this was rectified by the commission.

Among the polling stations affected by the delay of up to three hours were Tononoka Hall, Sacred Heart primary school and Uhuru gardens in Mvita constituency resulting in complaints from those who had arrived early to cast their votes.

She also said a few incidents of violence were reported in some of the polling stations in Mvita and Nyali constituencies but security personnel contained the situation.

United Democratic Alliance (UDA) aspirant for Mvita constituency Omar Shallo was arrested and taken to Makupa police station for causing chaos at Tudor Village polling station. Shallo was later released after former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko paid a police bond of Sh40, 000.

The County has a total of 641,913 registered voters spread across six constituencies and 30 wards.

There are 1,041 polling centers in the county with an additional four prisons that will undertake the presidential vote only.

The county did not vote for the governor position after IEBC suspended the election of the county top seat following a mix up in the printing papers.

By Mohamed Hassan

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