, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26 – Edith Nyenze, one of the candidates in the ongoing Kitui West by-election has lauded the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for proper organization during voting which she said is going on smoothly despite a low voter turnout.
Speaking after casting her vote on Monday morning, Mrs Nyenze stated that it was still early and expressed optimism that the number of people voting will increase as the day progresses.
She urged everyone in Kitui West to come out and vote as this will have an impact in the future of the constituency.
“So far from what I have seen, I can say that the exercise is free and fair and the process is very smooth and fast and I like the organization. It is still early but by 5pm I expect the turnout to be quite high,” she said.
NARC Kenya’s candidate Robert Mutiso Lelli also cast his vote in an exercise that commenced exactly at 6.30am with security beefed up in all the 143 polling stations.
Other contestants include Elijah Muimi Kilonzi of the Chama Cha Muungano, Dennis Muli Mulwa who is an Independent candidate and Frida Nyiva Mutui of the Kenya National Congress.
The constituency has 52,042 registered voters.
In January, Mrs Nyenze beat former MP Nyiva Mwendwa’s son, Maluki Mwendwa, to win the Wiper ticket.
The surprise decision by Jubilee to withdraw from the race and back Nyenze, which had been announced by Secretary-General Raphael Tuju, caught many by surprise, including individuals who were seeking the ruling party’s ticket.
Tuju said the party did not want to field any candidate to oppose Mrs Nyenze, whose husband died only three months after being re-elected.
The parties in the Opposition coalition ODM, Ford-Kenya, ANC, Narc and CCU also agreed not to field candidates.