23 June 2014

Kenya: Slow Start to Bonchari By-Election

Voting has kicked off smoothly in majority of the 81 polling stations in the Bonchari by-election. Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission returning officer Peter Resa said that no complaints have so far been raised over the process that started at 6am.

Despite the slow start to voting with most stations registering low numbers, Resa was optimistic that voters would turn up as some had to report to work before going to cast their ballots. He also said that security has been provided for all polling stations.

Among the candidates vying for the seat, ODM's John Oyioka has already cast his vote at Sumeka Primary School polling station while Wiper party's Charles Onyancha is expected to cast his ballot at Nyamiobo Primary School polling stations.

Other candidates eyeing the seat are Zevedeo Opore of Ford People, Charles Okiago of Narc-K, David Ogego of DP, Charles Mogaka of NLP, Paul Matagaro of KNC and Geoffrey Omwando of KSC.

Oyioka who has the backing of ODM party leader Raila Odinga successfully filed a petition against Opore who President Uhuru Kenyatta asked Bonchari constituents to vote for at a rally in Suneka.

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