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Why voter apathy keeps rising in Nairobi by-elections – Nairobi News

Voter apathy in Nairobi is on the rise of the Fourth Parliamentary Elections, which are outside of Nairobi, including a constituency in Wajir County that borders Somalia , recorded a surprisingly better voter turnout.

At 63.91 per cent, Wajir West recorded the highest voter turnout in all four exercises conducted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).


After the Supreme Court overturned the election of Ahmed Kolosho in January, constituents of Wajir West went to the ballot in April. Kolosho retained the seat.

A total of 17, 706 voters cast their ballots, out of 27, 544 registered voters in the constituency.

Local leaders argued that the turnout had not been completed ravaged the county, forcing the locals, majority of whom are pastoralists, to move away from their homes in search of pasture and water for their livestock.

In Ugenya Constituency, Siaya County, a total of 33,936 were cast in the April 5 by-election, representing a 57.99 per cent, the second highest turn-out in the four by-elections.

Still, this was a 24 per cent decline from the 82 per cent voter turn-out in the 201

7 General Election.

The situation is very different in Nairobi, where the concentration of polluters and polling stations is very high.

Most voters in the capital, unlike rural areas, are more aware of their voting rights and enjoy wide media coverage.

19659002] But Embakasi South by-election, so held on April 5, recorded the lowest voter's turn-out in the four by-elections, with only 20 percent of the registered voters participating in the exercise.

With 150, 814 registered voters spread across 221 polling stations, Embakasi South has one

Yet in this by-election, only 30, 750 people cast their votes while more than 120, 000 stayed away.

In the Kibra by-election on Thursday, Ken Okoth in June, only 35.36 per cent of the registered came out to vote.

The vote has a total of 118, 658 registered and 183 polling stations in its five wards.


This is by-election. election had attracted a record 24 candidates, and what is considered by many political analyzes TDS as a contest between ODM Leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto.

DP Ruto is said to have used the exercise to assess the in-roads that he recently made in the city of 2022 General Election in which he

Presumably, residents of Nairobi are literate,

Curiously, not even the involvement of the two political heavyweights and their allies were able to mobilize people to come out in large numbers to vote.

Kenyans in other parts of the country.

Unlike in far-flung areas where polling stations are located several kilometers apart, voting centers in the city are within fairly short distances. 19659002] In the Embakasi South by-election, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna attributed the low voter turn-out to work engagements among the constituents.

Some political pundits have also attributed voter apathy to lack of confidence in the IEBC and the 2013 and 2017 elections were rigged.

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