With nearly all followers of opposition leader Raila Odinga heeding the veteran’s call for an Election boycott, bad weather and insecurity, generally resulted to low voter turnout in the Presidential re run. Also important to note, it is very common for re run elections not to match up to the previous, voter turnout.
Most polling stations were able to open, turnout was an average of 43.25% percent as per the verified 250+ constituencies declared by IEBC on 29th October 29, 2017. In Jubilee strongholds the voting as expected was characterized by good turnouts and long queues
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in a statement issued by its Chairman, postponed elections in 4 counties; Siaya, Migori, Kisumu and Homabay, citing security concerns for their staff and materials. New elections for these counties are still scheduled to happen.
The repeat election has also so far witnessed the loss of many lives, scores of injuries and the destruction of millions of shillings worth of property in some parts of Kisumu, Migori and Kawangware in Nairobi County. Most of the deaths have resulted from violent confrontation between protesters and security forces. There are also allegations that militia groups and other vigilantes could have been responsible for a small portion of the deaths.
Uchaguzi through, the deployment of 700+ field observers in all the constituencies, kept close vigil over the entire voting process. It was indicative that most of the polling stations had opened on time and had the Election materials, it was also clear from other field reports that in many parts of the country there was very little activity in respect to opening and voting processes. This was largely attributable to the election boycott by the NASA, insecurity and possibly bad weather.
Turkana Central with a total of 696 registered voters completed the voting process today after the insecurity challenges where 2 police officers lost their lives.
During the Counting Process, at least 99.1 % of the stations observed the ballots box seals were intact before counting began. In 1.7% of stations observed one or more political party agents requested a recount of the presidential ballots. Overall Observation, the presiding officers were keen to stamp the presidential results Form 34A with the official IEBC stamp. In 94.8% of the stations, observers witnessed the presiding officer scan and send the presidential results Form 34A through the KIEMS kit and receive a confirmation message. As of 29th October 2017.
With just over 2000 submissions of crowd observations and comments received through Uchaguzi’s toll free number as compared to 7000 reports in the August 8th Election, the system usage reflects the generally lower voter turnout in the rerun.
In Vihiga County, an observer was harassed and arrested by police officers at the polling station ,while others faced intimidation from the Officials thus making it slightly hard for them to effectively monitor the Election re run.
Uchaguzi has been collecting all Presidential Results Forms (34As and 34Bs) from the polling stations that our observers were stationed. These forms will then be compared with the forms that IEBC will be posting as well as managing incidents reported in order to ensure that citizens are safe at all times.

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