For months now, Kibra has been locked in a vicious campaign battle pitting three top contenders for the Parliamentary seat; Benard Imran Okoth (ODM), McDonald Mariga (Jubilee Party) and Eliud Owalo (ANC) from a list of twenty aspirants.
The day is finally here when Kibra residents go to the ballot to choose who will replace the late Ken Okoth who died on July 26, after a long battle with colon cancer.
In this Live Blog sandekennedy.com gives you an up-to-the-minute coverage of the highly anticipated mini poll:
6:08 a.m.: ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna told Citizen TV that the party was satisfied with the set-up of the by-elections and had spread its agents in polling stations.
6:00 a.m.: IEBC officials opened polling stations in Kibra ready for the exercise’s commencement on Thursday, November 7.
Kibra votes for MP in by-election
Further, he says that he believes that the candidate he voted for will win the by-election and bring the change that Kibra needs.
“IEBC has done a good job, the station was opened on time and the voting process has been peaceful so far,” said Mr Ongote.
Lang’ata MP Nick Korir (left), ex-Embakasi MP Irshad Sumra, and Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo (right) at Ayany Primary School during Kibra parliamentary by-election on November 7, 2019. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL
The four parties are leading the pack in the battle for MP seat.
ODM has fielded the late Okoth’s brother Bernard Imran Okoth, while ruling Jubilee party is fronting football star McDonald Mariga.
Kibra residents queue to cast their ballot at Ayany Primary School in Nairobi on November 7, 2019. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL
Amani National Congress (ANC), led by Musalia Mudavadi, has thrown its weight behind Mr Odinga’s former aide Eliud Owalo, while Ford Kenya, whose leader is Moses Wetang’ula, backs Khamisi Butichi.
A man searches for his name on a voters’ list at Ayany Primary School during Kibra parliamentary by-election on November 7, 2019. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL
The two political heavyweights, Dr Ruto and Mr Odinga, have traversed the constituency chasing votes in what is shaping up to be a rehearsal for the 2022 presidential race.
Political analyst Herman Manyora says the race is a major battle for the two leaders describing it as “too close to call”.
“Anyone can win. I cannot place a bet on this race,” Prof Manyora told Nation.
Voters queue to cast their votes at Toi Primary School in the Kibra by-election on November 7, 2019. PHOTO | COLLINS OMULO