Lelmokwo/Ngechek ward by elections goes on smoothly

A voter casting his vote in one of the voting stations

Lelmokwo/Ngechek ward by elections went on smoothly at the 19 polling centres of the ward and voters turned out in large numbers to vote.

The voting centres were opened up as early as 6. am in the morning according to IEBC.

The by elections are conducted to fill a space left vacant by the demise of the Late Hon Hesbon Metto who was the Member of the County Assembly of the region and also the Deputy Speaker of the Nandi August House.

Voters casting their votes at a voting station

Lelmokwo/Ngechek ward in Chesumei constituency Nandi county has a population of over Twenty thousands people with 9,421 registered voters and 19 polling centres.

The voting centres includes St. Francis Cheptarit primary school, Kapsile, Biribiriet, Lelmokwo, St. Luke Mogoiywet, Kipkongorwa, Tuigoin, Ainamng’etik, Itigo, Kiboswa, Mutwot, Mogoget, Olputenet, Kipchunu, Ngechek, Lelboinet, Kapnyemisa, NdonyoNgaria and St. Luke Biribiriet.

The exercise began a bit late at Lelboinet polling centre due to the failure of the Biometric Voter Registration Kit which was brought moments later and the process went on well.

IEBC banner showing a voting station

The seat has attracted three contestants from different political parties of KANU, JAP and CCM who are Ezekiel Kipkorir Bamwai aka (The voice of the voiceless in the contemporary society) Julius Arusei and Elias Kirigo respectively.

Out of the three candidates, two of them KANU and CCM aspirants voted at St. Francis Cheptarit Primary school in Mosoriot while that of JAP voted at St. Luke NdonyoNgaria primary in Mlango at the border of Nandi and Uasin Gishu counties.

Speaking to www.Westfm.co.ke after voting KANU Candidate Ezekiel Bamwai said he was impressed with the effectiveness of IEBC and that he has a lot of hopes to win declaring that he is ready to accept the results and support the winner if he wont emerge the winner.

IEBC voting paper showing the candidates

He alleged that there was allegations from the voters that the Thumb ink used was not good as it can easily bee rubbed off but according to IEBC the ink used is the normal ink normally used in elections.

The other aspirants were also impressed with how the exercise was being conducted democratically .

There were no incidences of any irregularities reported during the voting exercise.

The newly registered voters were not allowed to vote in all the 19 polling centres as their names were not reflected in the BVR Kits yet.