, NAIROBI Kenya, Dec 30 – Voters in Nyaribari Chache constituency in Kisii went to the polls on Monday to elect their new Member of Parliament, in a by-election occasioned by the nullification of an earlier poll held on March 4.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials said all polling centers were opened at 6 am as scheduled and were expected to close at 5 pm, in time for the vote-counting exercise.
9 contestants were cleared by the electoral body to contest for the seat, including ODM’s Chris Bichage, Ford People’s Richard Tongi, Robert Monda of The National Alliance (TNA) party, and Benson Mogaka of Kenya Social Congress, who are the front runners.
The electoral body said all the electronic gadgets used in the poll were working well.
“All going well, the EVID gadgets used to identify voters electronically working perfect,” the commission tweeted.
Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has since announced that he has deployed 240 police officers to provide security in the constituency that has 58,164 registered voters.
“We have enough security in the region, we expect to have a peaceful by-election,” Kimaiyo said, urging residents to maintain peace “action will be taken on anyone who attempts to disrupt the exercise.”
The seat fell vacant, after the Court of Appeal upheld an earlier High Court ruling, nullifying the March 4th election victory, of Bichage, the immediate former MP who is defending the seat on an Orange Democratic Movement ticket.
Bichage’s election was nullified following a successful petition by the then Wiper Party candidate Richard Tongi over numerous malpractices during the March 4 polls.