Kitui: Residents of Kyome-Thaana ward plead with IEBC to announce election date
Campaigns are still ongoing in Kyome-Thaana ward in Mwingi West constituency, Kitui County even as elected leaders across the country are busy settling from the heated campaigns which culminated in the August 9th general elections.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) indefinitely postponed the election in the Kyome-Thaana ward following the death of one of the aspirants who died in a fatal road accident.
The pending election, which has attracted 10 aspirants from across the ward, has left residents anxiously waiting for the new date to be announced by IEBC.
Residents of the ward are now calling upon the IEBC to swiftly set the election date, in fear that they may lag behind in development since other elected Members of County Assembly (MCAs) are set to be sworn in next week.
Rose Kasina, a resident of Thitani location in the ward, says that the wait has been far too long and residents are already fatigued.
"We have waited for too long, by now we should have held our elections. We are aware that other MCAs are being sworn in next week, something ought to be done," Rose said.
She called upon the IEBC to quickly announce the election date so that the rest of the electorate in the area could elect their preferred MCA.
John Ndata, another resident of the ward, said that the delay in the poll has caused unwarranted anxiety among residents as well as stretching the budgets of aspirants.
"As you know, elections in Kenya are very expensive. I can only guess what the candidates have gone through, residents are also very anxious," Ndata narrated.
Alphonse Mukwaiyu, one of the aspirants who is vying on a Wiper party ticket, urged the IEBC to announce the election date in order to ensure that residents of the area are not left behind.
Mukwaiyu said that the wait for the election date had taken longer than expected and it would only be fair if the IEBC acts accordingly.
"We have really endured a lot since the election date was postponed, I believe by now the IEBC should have set and announced the new election date so that residents exercise their constitutional rights," Mukunzu lamented.
The aspirant made the remarks when he met a group of elders from the ward who crown him as their preferred MCA.