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IEBC says all is set for Homa Bay by-election

11 February 2015, 09:12 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has said that all is set for the Homa Bay Senatorial by-election, to be held on Thursday.

In a statement, the commission said more than 4,500 polling officials have been hired and will be deployed to the county’s 878 polling stations. 

Inspection of vehicles that will transport election material as well as mapping of polling stations was done on Tuesday, while the deployment of election officials and security personnel to polling stations will be done on Wednesday in the afternoon.

“Polling stations will open at 6.00am on Thursday Morning and close at 5.00pm. Voters will be identified electronically at polling stations while provisional results will be relayed to the tallying centre using the electronic Results Transmission System (RTS),” the commission said.

The official campaign period ended Tuesday at 6.00pm and the IEBC said it was happy that all the 8 candidates adhered to the rules.

"We are impressed that so far, all candidates have adhered to their campaign schedules," said Homa Bay County Returning Officer Maurice Raria.

Raria together with other commissioners addressed the media and briefed observers at the Homa Bay Agricultural Training Centre (ATC). They called for accurate reporting on elections and urged the media to avoid sensetionalization of issues.

Also read: Kajwang's Homa Bay petition thrown out by IEBC

Eight candidates will battle it out for the Senatorial seat that fell vacant following the death of Otieno Kajwang’. 

They include Benard Owour Otieno of the National Vosion Party, National Agenda Party's Fred Rabongo, Moses Otieno Kajwang’ of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Phillip Okoth Okundi (Maendeleo Democratic Party). 

Others are Independent Candidates Edwin Omondi Matete, Hillary Ochieng Onyango Alila, Innocent Otieno Masara and Medo Luke Calvins Misama.

Homa Bay has a total of 326,505 registered voters in 8 constituencies namely: Kasipul, Kabondo Kasipul, Ndhiwa, Mbita, Suba, Karachuonyo, Rangwe and Homa Bay Town. 

IEBC said all its 8 commissioners, led by the Vice-Chairperson Lilian Mahiri-Zaja, are in Homa Bay County with each of them overseeing elections in a specific constituency.

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