Tongi of Ford-P takes early lead in Nyaribari Chache poll

December 30, 2013 5:30 pm
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Three people were arrested and charged earlier Monday over vote-bribery claims. FILE/CFM.
Three people were arrested and charged earlier Monday over vote-bribery claims. FILE/CFM.
NAIROBI Kenya, Dec 30- FORD People’s Richard Tongi was poised to win the Nyaribari Chache by-election after widening the gap with 9,480 votes against his closest challenger Chris Bichage of ODM who had garnered 9,087 votes by 8.27 pm.

With results from 104 polling stations out of 110 polling stations, Robert Monda of The National Alliance (TNA) party was third with 8,464 followed by Benson Mogaka of the Kenya Social Congress (KSC) who had 859 votes.

James Kenani of the National Labour Party (NLP) was fourth with 730 votes, followed by John Omanga of KANU who garnered 468 votes.

Narc Kenya’s Rael Otundo had 349 votes, Jared Matundura Kenya National Congress (KNC) with 73 votes, Douglas Marwa of The National Vision Party (NVP) was trailing with 27 votes.

Earlier in the day, the by-election was characterised by a low voter turn out in most centres, across the constituency that has 58,164 registered voters.

Despite claims of voter bribery which led to the arrest of three people, IEBC officials say the exercise was largely successful with no major hitches experienced.

The three who include a brother to one of the contestants have been freed on a 20,000 shilling bond each.

The seat fell vacant, after the Court of Appeal upheld an earlier High Court ruling, nullifying the March 4th election victory, of immediate former MP Bichage, of ODM.

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