The Mount Kenya region has consistently outperformed the rest of the regions in terms of voter turnout. Although it has become regular, today's polling places in the area appear to be less crowded than in previous elections. Many are attributing it to the cold weather in the area, but Kieni, a member of parliament, claims that Mount Kenya voters appear to lack the motivation to defy the odds and cast their ballots.
Kanini Kega highlights that for the first time since 1992, the region has failed to have a strong presidential candidate as many perceive Raila and Ruto to be the top two and none of them hails from the region. Although the aforementioned candidates opted for regional running mates, it does not appear that this will be enough to get them out to the polls."Since 1992, the Mt Kenya region has always produced a presidential candidate and that is the reason why the people of this region come out in large numbers. Having no candidate coming from the region can be blamed for the low turnout," noted Kega.
Speaking on the postponing of voting in some areas over missing ballot papers, Kanini says that the IEBC has really failed Kenyans. "There is no way you can import ballot boxes and ballot papers from whichever country, you have a department of quality control and when you are opening the papers on a material day you find that some materials are missing. You can only have yourself to blame. " He noted.
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