, KAJIADO, Kenya, Mar 16 – Five people have been arrested for allegedly bribing voters in the ongoing Kajiado central by-election.
The suspects are being interrogated by police after they were picked up by police in separate polling centres.
IEBC Commissioner Thomas Letangule has assured that there is adequate security personnel deployed in the area to ensure the exercise is not disrupted.
Letangule says they have sorted minor technical hitches experienced in some of the centres.
IEBC Vice Chairperson Lilian Mahiri-Zaja says the turnout is encouraging since it was more than fifty percent and encouraged everyone to exercise their democratic right in choosing a new leader.
There were long queues in most polling centres where voting started as at 6 am.
Police said the exercise was peaceful so far, with no incident received from any of the centres across the constituency.
The hotly contested race pitting Memusi Kanchory of CORD against Patrick Tutui of the Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) as well as little known Nkashuma Kuntai who is contesting as an independent candidate.
Memusi voted at Ilimisgiyo center, Tutui at Ilbissil township Primary school while Kuntai will also vote at Engaboli Primary school.
“We have distributed all the election materials and voting is progressing well,” Maurice Owino, the officer in charge of elections told Capital FM News on Monday morning, “We are urging voters and the candidates to strictly adhere to the rules and regulations.”
Kajiado Central constituency which fell vacant when its MP Joseph Nkaissery was appointed Cabinet Secretary at the Interior Ministry has 87 polling stations.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba on Sunday announced that 204 security officers had been deployed to the area, alongside 300 clerks, 102 presiding officers and a similar number of deputy presiding officers.