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Vihiga's early risers in queues, counting minutes to vote

By World Economic Forum - Aug 9th 2022
Voters queuing to vote at Keveye Primary School in Sabatia constituency, Vihiga County. [Brian Kisanji, Standard]

While polling stations open from 6am to 5pm, a section of voters at Keveye Primary School in Sabatia, Vihiga County, are already up.

A spot-check by The Standard on August 9 found dozens braving the cold to wait for over an hour in queues waiting to cast ballots in the high-stakes general election.

IEBC and party agents verify voting materials at Kaveye polling station in Sabatia constituency.

Video by Brian Kisanji#KenyaDecides2022 pic.twitter.com/Z9zAGOrn8m — The Standard Digital (@StandardKenya) August 9, 2022

310,043 voters in Vihiga will be seeking to elect their new leaders at 627 polling stations spread across the county’s five constituencies of Sabatia, Vihiga, Hamisi, Emuhaya and Luanda.

Among prominent leaders expected to vote in the county is Sabatia native Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi who is registered at Mululu Primary School.

Vihiga Governor Wilber Ottichilo is, on his part, set to vote at Emanyinya Primary School in Emuhaya.

Voters queuing to vote at Keveye Primary School in Sabatia constituency, Vihiga County.  [Brian Kisanji, Standard]

Senator George Khaniri of UDP is battling Ottichillo for the seat alongside three other candidates; former governor Moses Akaranga (PPOK), Sabatia MP Alfred Agoi (ANC) and former Vihiga county- secretary, Francis Ominde (FPK).

14 candidates are angling for the senatorial seat while 11 will face off for the Woman Representative position.

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