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Kabete polls marred by bribery allegations, low voter turnout

04 May 2015, 18:48 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Jubilee Alliance Party JAP's Ferdinand Waititu has taken the early lead as provisional results in the Kabete By election trickle in.

The JAP candidate had taken a lead of 470 votes over his nearest challenger Wilson Kamau of the Orange Democratic Movement ODM, who had less that 50 votes as the early tallying took place.

PDU’s Isaiah Gichu Ndirangu, John Wamagata of Safina, Narc-Kenya’s Kavore Kariuki, Kiriro wa Ngugi of the Democratic Party, NVP’s Newton Njenga and Paul Kariuki Wandere of PPK are the other candidates.

The election had earlier seen low voter turnout, a depressing statistic for observers.

Some polling stations had as little as 30% turnout according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision IEBC.

Claims of voter bribery came up in the by-election.

Some of the aspirants petitioned the IEBC to investigate claims of malpractice in the election. An IEBC official was earlier relieved of his duties after it was discovered he allowed voters to cast their ballot without prior verification.

His fate was however not known by the time of publishing.

Kabete has 62470 voters.

Waititu is expected to prevail by experts, by virtue of being backed by JAP, president Uhuru Kenyatta's party and the political leader in the region.

" Waititu will win simply because the party that fronts him is the overwhelming leader in the region and there is no doubt about that at all, he says.

" The reality is that despite there probably being other candidates that might have a say, the president is big in that part of the world and that should be enough to see Waititu home and dry.

" ODM is not really a force and despite Wamagata of Safina also having a following, I struggle to see anything other than a Waititu win, he added.

The expected election win will herald the birth of JAP, which has endured an indifferent start to its political life, having been shunned in Kajiado Central and with there being conjecture on its existence from supposed political partners United Republican Party URP and the National Alliance TNA.

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