Massive Voter Turnout In Kenya for Sudanese Referendum

Voting in Kenya is almost complete with over 90 percent of the voters having cast their votes.

A spot-check by Gurtong at the Railway polling centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi revealed voters trickling in one by one after intervals.

The head of the station Deng Deng said most people voted on the first day of the exercise, hence the slow traffic recorded in the last two days.

“Sunday was a special and everyone voted out of the excitement that came with the day”, he said.

He said the big turnout has not only been witnessed in Kenya but worldwide where South Sudanese registered to vote.

“We expect to be done by end of Thursday although we are still expecting more voters to turn up on Saturday, being a weekend”, said Deng.

He acknowledged the logistical support extended to the referendum bureau by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

A South Sudanese student who came to vote at the centre Lual Bang said he had travelled all the way from Kitale in the Rift Valley where he studies to cast his vote in Nairobi where he stays.

“I hope that South Sudan will be a better country after the referendum…. a country where one can feel he or she belongs”, he said.

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