NAIROBI, Kenya, May 3 – The Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Sunday announced that all is set for Monday’s by-election in Kabete.
The Returning Officer Esther Wanjiku told reporters that all election materials have been dispatched to all the 92 polling stations.
Addressing journalists at the Wangige Primary school tallying centre, Wanjiku said already 204 security officers have been deployed in all the stations to enforce law and order.
“We have already trained our polling officials, they have also mapped out the polling stations and confirmed that everything is alright,” she said, she said, adding that “we expect a hundred percent result transmission from all our polling stations.”
Nine candidates have expressed interest in the seat that was left vacant after the killing of George Muchai who represented the constituency.
Muchai was killed alongside two of his bodyguards and a driver as they drove on Kenyatta Avenue in February.
“We wish to assure the people of Kabete constituency of free, credible and fair elections…they should come out in large numbers to shape their destiny,” she appealed, and insisted that “Only the original documents that they used to register during the General election of 2013 shall be used.”
The candidates who have expressed interest and approved by IEBC include Jubilee Alliance Candidate Party Ferdinard Waititu, George Waiguru (Independent), Isaiah Ndirangu (Party of Democratic Unity), John Wamagata (Safina), Kavore Kariuki (Narc-Kenya) and Kirirowa Ngugi (Democratic Party).
Kabete constituency has a total of 62,470 registered voters in 92 polling stations spread across the five County Assembly Wards.
Others include Newton Njenga (National Vision Party), Paul Kariuki Wandere (Progressive Party of Kenya) and Wilson Karanja Kamau (Orange Democratic Movement).
On the same day, polls for the Oloolua Member of the County Assembly will also be conducted and six contestants have been cleared for the exercise.