Party candidates have already cast their votes in the ongoing Kibra by-election, that has attracted 24 candidates. The process started early on Thursday morning, and despite the low turnout, all was going well except some cases of bribery in some polling stations, which called for quick intervention by security officers to get things back in order.
Notable leaders, led by ODM party leader Raila Odinga and ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi were present as Raila cast his vote, while Mudavadi was escorting party candidate Eliud Owalo who cast his vote at the old Kibra primary school. Speaking after casting his vote, Raila urged Kibra residents to come out and vote, “We are in our bedroom and I want to urge our people to protect our bedroom against infiltration by strangers and outsiders.” He said the process of voting was smooth but they want to see a democratic exercise.
Speaking earlier, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi urged IEBC to ensure the election is free and fair, citing cases of intimidation. He said when it comes to tallying, the police, IEBC and agents should work hand in hand to ensure there is no harmful incident. ANC candidate Owalo said he is satisfied with the process, although they had issues with the IEBC’s register some time back. He noted that there were cases of massive voter bribery, “We are gathering and we’ll continue to gather evidence to that effect so that we can sue it at appropriate time should there be need.”
On his part, ODM candidate Bernard Imran Okoth, who also cast his vote at the old Kibra primary school, said it’s disappointing that some have resorted to bribing to get votes. He urged IEBC and police officers to ensure the election laws are duly followed. He expressed confidence that he’ll be declared the winner ultimately. Jubilee candidate McDonald Mariga, who visited Lindi polling station, though he didn’t vote, said he is confident IEBC will play their role, and called for peace, “People should come out and vote for it’s the right of every Kenyan,” he said. He added that he’ll push for those living in diaspora to be registered as voters.