Voting in Kabuchai Parliamentary by-election kicked off to a smooth start early Thursday morning amid tight Covid-19 regulations.
The polling stations opened as early as 6:00 am in a race that attracted eight aspirants.
The eight include; Stephen Wafula (MAP), David Barasa (UGM), Jeremiah Musyoki (UDP), Evans Kakai (UDA), Majimbo Kalasinga (Ford Kenya), Gaspar Mufutu (Independent candidate), Amos Wafula (Federal party) and Kapanga Peter (Independent candidate).
Kabuchai constituency has a total of 123 polling station and registered voters of 57,654. Constituency has 4 Wards.
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Ford Kenya Party leader Moses Wetangula led the party’s candidate Majimbo Kalasinga to Isukusi Primary School polling station to cast their votes.
Ford Kenya’s Majimbo Kalasinga accused MPs John Waluke and Fred Kapondi of voter bribery in an attempt to influence poll outcome in favour of UDA candidate Evans Kakai.
Addressing the media, the leaders called on relevant bodies to be vigilant and take action against election perpetrators.
He was accompanied by MPs Ferdinand Wanyonyi and and Chris Wamalwa.
In Matungu, voter turn out for the Matungu constituency by election was relatively low as voters trickled in one by one to elect their new Member of Parliament.
The by-election which is taking place in various schools in the constituency has not affected learning in the institutions with pupils continuing with their studies without any distraction.
On Wednesday, while briefing the media and observers in Kabuchai Constituency in Bungoma county, IEBC Commissioner Boya Molu affirmed that the Commission will provide face masks to all poll officials in compliance with COVID-19 containment measures.
EBC Returning Officer for Matungu constituency John Kirui exuded confidence in the manner of preparedness by the commission.
Matungu and Kabuchai seats fell vacant following the death of area MPs Justus Murunga and James Lusweti.