, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 29 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says all is set for the Nyaribari Chache Constituency by-elections slated for Monday, where some 58,566 registered voters are expected to cast their votes to retain Orange Democratic Movement’s Chris Bichage or to elect a new Member of the National Assembly.
IEBC Commissioner Abdullahi Sharawe says all necessary logistical materials have already been dispatched to various polling centres in the constituency and appealed to the electorates to turn up and choose their next leader.
IEBC officials in every polling centre will from 2pm on Sunday receive voting materials in readiness for Monday’s exercise.
He also said the Commission had decided voters in Bobaracho ward within Nyaribari Chache constituency will be marked on right hand because most still have an ink mark on their left hand finger because of a ward by-election that was held on December 19.
350 clerks have been trained in order to facilitate an election that is free from violence, from corruption and from intimidation and undue influence.
Nyaribari Chache parliamentary seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal upheld an earlier High Court ruling nullifying the March 4 election victory of immediate former MP Chris Bichage.
During the general election, Bichage piped Richard Tong’i to the hotly contested seat by only 145 votes. The ODM man secured 10,706 votes against Tong’i’s 10,561 votes who was vying on a Wiper ticket.
Tong’i quit Wiper (which is a principal party in the CORD coalition headed by Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula) after he was allegedly locked out by members who wanted to field only one candidate.
Nine contestants have been cleared by the electoral body to contest for the seat, including Robert Monda of The National Alliance (TNA), who represented the area in the Tenth Parliament and Benson Mogaka from the Kenya Social Congress who are the front runners.
Other contestants for the seat are: Rael Otundo (Narc-K), Jared Arasa (Kenya National Congress), James Kenani (National Labour Party) and Zachary Marwa (National Vision Party).