IEBC Suspends Vote Tallying in Kiambaa

image of chaos in kiambaa by election as jubilee demands recount

By Victoria Magar

Vote tallying in Kiambaa constituency mini-poll was suspended early Friday after Jubilee candidate  Kariri Njama and his supporters alleged that the ballots are being rigged in favour of UDA candidate Njuguna Wanjiku.

The chaos erupted after Mr Wanjiku made an early lead with 21,401 against his closest rival Mr Njama who had 21,057 votes.

Mr Njama and his supporters were early Friday pushing the Kiambaa Returning Officer Peter Muigai to order a recount in Kawaida and Muchatha polling stations. They claimed vote tallying in these two centres was flawed.

‘’We want a recount in Kawaida and Muchatha,’’ supporters of Mr Njama shouted as they engaged the police and IEBC officials in a shouting match.

image of chaos in kiambaa by election as jubilee demands recount

UDA candidate in the Kiambaa Parliamentary by-election John Njuguna Wanjiku at Karuri High School tallying centre on July 16,2021.

Meanwhile, in Muguga Ward by-election, Jubilee candidate Githinji Mung’ara floored UDA candidate Kamau Thumbi in a very tight race.

Mr Mung’ara got 4,089 votes against Thumbi who secured 4,062 in all 29 polling stations, according to official results announced by IEBC Returning Officer in the ward Mr Evans Githinji.Muguga Ward had 18,374 registered voters and four aspirants.

Both Kiambaa seat and Muguga ward seat fell vacant early this year after Kiambaa legislator Paul Koinange and Muguga Ward Rep Eliud Ngugi succumbed to Covid-19 related complications.

Both Muguga and Kiambaa by-election were touted as a face-off between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto who were campaigning for rival candidates.

Mr Kenyatta has been campaigning for a Jubilee candidate while Mr Ruto has been rooting for a UDA candidate.

For now, police are still keeping watch at Karuri tallying centre with no one allowed to get in or outside the tallying centre.



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