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IEBC all set for Mathare by election

10 August 2014, 16:30 William Korir

Nairobi - The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision IEBC is all set for the Mathare by election, set to take place Monday.

The by election has been occasioned by a Supreme Court ruling nullifying the election of George Wanjohi.

Wanjohi's election in the March 2013 election was nullified after it was agreed by the courts that he had been illegally awarded an election victory certificate.

And with the date having been moved on several occasions, the election will finally be held Monday, with the IEBC setting the ground rules for the election.

" All is set for the Mathare by election to be held Monday August 11, 2014. As per election rules, campaigns should cease 24 hours to election day.

" On the Election Day, polling stations will open at 6am and close at 5pm. Electronic Voter Identification Devices (EVID) will be used in each polling station while transmission of provisional results will be done electronically from each polling stream, the Commission said Sunday in a press conference.

" The Commision has employed 230 presiding and deputy presiding officers as well as 460 polling clerks who have been hired and trained for the exercise, it continued.

The election will be hotly contested primarily between two candidates, Wanjohi representing The National Alliance and Stephen Kariuki of the Orange Democratic Movement ODM.

The two are expected to take the major part of the cake, and have viciously campaigned in the area ahead of the election.

Wanjohi has confidently swam his way through the campaign period and believes he will be MP come Monday evening.

" I had the will of the people the first time and I am confident it will remain the same this time, he said.

ODM leaders led by party head Raila Odinga and Siaya Senator James Orengo have been to Mathare to campaign for Kariuki, who they feel has the majority of support in the area.

" Our brother Kariuki is the right man for the job and I know you will support him, won't you? Odinga posed when he visited the constituency.

According to IEBC records, there are just over 88,000 elected voters in Mathare and the election will be contested by nine candidates.

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