Kibra votes for MP in mini poll

A polling station guide at Joseph Kangethe Primary School in Woodly Ward. Station has begun voting to a slow start. [Chris Theuri, Standard]

Kibra residents in Nairobi County are Thursday voting in a showdownn pitting the Handshake/Kieleweke team against Deputy President William Ruto’s team Tangatanga.

The  Handshake team comprises politicians brought together following a unity pact between Raila and President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2018.

ODM- a subscriber of the handshake – has fielded Bernard Imran Okoth while Ruto’s Jubilee has ex-football sensation McDonald Mariga.The two are touted as the front runners based on the spirited campaigns that they have staged in the chase for the votes.

The constituency has five wards – Makina, Laini Saba, Sarang’ombe, Woodley/Kenyatta Golf Course and Lindi with 118,658 votes.

Laini Saba 17,455 voters, Lindi 16,688, Makina 25,695, Woodley/ Kenyatta Golf Course 28,066 and Sarang’ombe 30,754.The by-election has attracted 24 candidates following the death of MP Ken Okoth in July after a protracted battle with cancer.

The polling stations across the constituency were opened at 6am to a smooth start of voting. A spot check across the stations shows queues building up.


Goodmorning, Kibra voters are today voting to elect their Member to the National Assembly. Polling stations opened at 6am and voting is ongoing.

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Some 26,788 voters registered in 36 polling stations have been relocated to new voting areas as their registered polling stations are engaged with ongoing examinations.

6:21: MaKadara MP George Aladwa (ODM) to KTN News: So far the process has started well, I am happy with the turnout and I congratulate IEBC for being good this time.

6:45 ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna tells KTN News’ Lofty Matambo that they are satisfied with the start of the voting. Adds that party leader Raila Odinga will vote at 10am.

The poll stations are manned by 188 presiding officers and 625 clerks.7:41 Journalist Ali Manzu notes that Kenya Integrated Election Management System kits (KIEMS) have failed in some polling stations and Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission bosses are meeting over the matter.

Standard Digital has confirmed that the kits are not working at Jamhuri Primary School polling station.Bribery claim08:00 A commotion ensues at a polling station in Mashimoni Squatters after voter rough up a man they accuse of trying to bribe them. The altercation is broadcast live on Citizen Tv which reports the man has been taken into custody.There are claims he was dishing Sh200 to each voter.

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Commotion arose after claims that an individual attempted to bribe voters. Angry residents wanted to lynch him but the police saved him and is under custody.

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08:50: Monica Okoth, widow of former Kibra MP casts her vote at the Old Kibera Primary School.

Monica Okoth (centre) at the polling station. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]


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