Ida Odinga, the wife to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, has weighed in on claims carried in media reports that the turnout for the Kibra by-election is low.

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Speaking in an interview with a KTN journalist, Mama Ida downplayed the concerns, saying some people had gone to work first and would vote later in the day.

"People will come. You know in the morning many people go to work to ask for permission to vote. They will come, you should not be worried. (Watu watakuja. Unajua asubuhi watu wengi wankimbilia kazini kwanza waombe ruhusa ndio wakuje wapige kura. Wataingia, mngojee tu msiwe na wasiwasi), "she said.

There were worries that the constituents did not come out in their numbers to cast their ballots.

The by-election will determine who will champion the interests of the constituency in the National Assembly until 2022 when another election will be held.

The Kibra seat fell vacant after after the death of former Member of Parliament Ken Okoth who succumbed to a brutal battle with cancer.

Meanwhile, ODM leader Raila Odinga also cast his vote and called on supporters of the party to come out and vote.

The constituency has long been an ODM stronghold.

Losing the seat would be a big political blow to the former prime minister who is keen to show to the world that he is still popular.