KIAMBU – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has suspended all election exercises in Juja, hours after voting ended.
IEBC Chair Wafula in a press release said this was in order to ensure the safety of it’s staff and election materials following disruption by a mob.
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According to Chebukati, a group of individuals led by Kiambu governor James Nyoro stormed Mang’u high school tallying center leading to the disruption of the tallying process.
The chairman said the commission had therefore suspended all the tallying and announcement of results till normalcy was restored.
He said this was necessary so as to preserve the integrity of the exercise.
In a statement on IEBC’s social media pages, Chebukati added that the election material and the results brought in by the Presiding Officer had been secured and urged candidates to keep vigil until the exercise resumed.
IEBC said it regretted the developments as maintaining law and order during the exercise was not its mandate.
Juja MP seat fell vacant after the death of MP Francis Waititu in February after battling brain cancer for a long time.
The by-election attracted the candidature of Waititu’s widow Susan Njeri, George Koimburi (PEP), Dr. Joseph Gichui (Independent) and Eunice Wanjiru (The New Democrats)
Other candidates include John Njoroge (People’s Party of Kenya), Antony Kirori (Maendeleo Chap Chap), Kennedy Gachuma (National Liberal Party,) Zulu Thiong’o (Independent), James Kariuki (Independent), Rashid Iregi (Independent) and Kariuki Chege (Independent).