, NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 6 – Over 59,000 registered voters in Kitutu Chache South Constituency are on Tuesday expected to go to the polls to elect their Member of Parliament after the electoral body called off the elections initially set for August 8 following the death of then Jubilee Party candidate.
Leonard Mwamba died in a road accident barely two weeks to the polls.
The Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) cleared seven people including four candidates from parties affiliated to the NASA Coalition.
Immediate former MP Richard Onyoka who is vying on FORD-Kenya ticket will hope to see off contest from ODM’s Samwel Omwando especially he received the nod from the NASA Principals led by Raila Odinga.
Omwando spent the better part of Saturday – being the last day for candidates to carry out their campaigns in public- discounting reports that he had withdrawn from the race.
The former Kisii County ODM chairman assured his supporters he will deliver a victory in spite of his close links with Odinga to clinch the seat.
He easily clinched the ODM ticket after Onyonka announced that he had joined Jubilee before making a U-turn to FORD Kenya.
Onyonka who has represented the area for two terms since 2008 however says the people of Kitutu Chache South will re-elect him on the basis of his development record.
Other candidates who will be scrambling for the over 59,000 registered voters in the region include Andrew Maubi of Wiper, Justus Mochoge of the ANC, Jubilee Party’s Antony Kibagendi, Jimmy Onkangi of the PDP and Morara Nyarang’o of KANU.
Kibagendi was initially in ODM but bolted out after he failed to secure the ticket during the party’s primaries. He briefly toyed with the idea of running as an independent candidate before joining Jubilee to campaign for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.
He was later handed the party’s ticket following the death of the late Mwamba.
The IEBC is also slated to stage polls on the same day in Masalani Ward in Garissa County and Bogichora ward in Nyamira.