August 9

Gachagua asks supporters to eject administrators from polling stations

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 04:03 | By
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua. PHOTO/Courtesy

Kenya Kwanza presidential running mate Rigathi Gachagua has instructed their supporters to eject chiefs from polling stations and tallying centres.

The running mate claimed the officials who include chiefs, their assistants, Deputy County commissioners and their assistants as well as County commissioners have instructions to disrupt the voting process in Kenya Kwanza strongholds by bribing voters.

 He pointed fingers at Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and his PS Karanja Kibicho accusing them of issuing the said instructions.

“We are urging chiefs, their assistants and other administrators to keep off polling stations immediately they are done with their voting. We know what they are capable of doing if they are allowed to hang around,” he said.

“IEBC has in the past assured that chiefs have no role in the voting process and that the security during polling is only the preserve of the police. In the event police fail to take up their duty, then we will have no option but to instruct our supporters to eject them,” he said at a press conference at his Nyeri home.

Meanwhile, chiefs in Kisii county have been asked to ferry sick and elderly  voters to polling stations to vote

 Kisii Central Deputy County Commissioner, Wilberforce Kilonzo said the administrators will use motorbikes and vehicles to take them to the stations and return them to their homes.

 Speaking at Kisii School tallying Centre during the distribution of election materials for Nyaribari Chache constituency to polling stations, he said he had held a meeting with bar owners to close their businesses tomorrow to enable residents to go to polling stations to vote.

“Bars will not be open tomorrow. I urge those who will win to celebrate peacefully and shun laughing at losers” Kilonzo said during  a media briefing.

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