A group of parliamentary aspirants who lost the race for the Buuri parliamentary seat to 28-year-old Francis Gitobu claim there was rigging. They also expressed dissatisfaction with the way IEBC handled the exercise.
Led by Mugambi Angaine, who was the runners-up, the four, including the immediate former Deputy Commissioner of Prisons Francis Makathimo, Mary Kanana Nteere and Faith Kawira, the candidates claimed IEBC failed to act on cases of voter buying at polling stations and other irregularities. Angaine said they are consulting with supporters to decide on whether to file a petition.
Kanana Nteere said several malpractices such as chasing agents from tallying stations and harassing voters were evident. He said their supporters were bribed with Sh1,000, with the figure increasing as per the bid to prevent voters in their opponents' strongholds from voting.
"We say we don't have confidence with the new MP elect of Buuri constituency because that was not the will of the people. There was a lot of voter buying and incidences of bribery to people who went to vote," she said.
Francis Kinoti, the new MP-elect secured 15,793 votes to beat the closest rival Mugambi Angaine by 8,922 votes as Faith Kawira got 7,211 votes.