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Low voter turn as Matungu, Kabuchai elect new MPs

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Matungu residents in Kakamega County started streaming in the various polling stations in the Constituency Thursday morning to elect their new MP.

In what is dubbed as a political contest between Opposition chief  Raila Odinga and Amani National Congress (ANC) Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi, the voting exercise is going on without hitches amid claims of voter bribery and favoritism.

Raila’s Orange party has fronted former MP David Were who will face off another 14 candidates among them his main competitor ANC candidate Peter Nabulindo.

ANC is banking on the political know how of the constituency of Senator Cleophas Malala who served as an MCA initially.

There is a heavy contingent of anti-riot police officers at the tallying Center in Bulimbo Primary School as well as other polling stations across the County.

The police were at hand to intervene after a brief confrontation between Malala and ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna as well as Homa Bay Woman Rep Gladys Wanga.

Were is expected to cast his vote at Lubanga Primary at around 11am.

Voting in Kabuchai also 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; Majimbo Kalasinga (Ford Kenya), Stephen Wafula (MAP), David Barasa (UGM), Jeremiah Musyoki (UDP), Evans Kakai (UDA),  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.

Ford Kenya Party leader Moses Wetangula led the party’s candidate Majimbo Kalasinga to Isukusi Primary School polling station to cast their votes.

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.

IEBC 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.

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