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Okundi team alleges plot to rig Homa Bay election

11 February 2015, 14:14 Oduor Omondi

Homa Bay - The “My Senator My Choice” campaign team fronting the candidacy of Philip Okundi for Homa Bay Senator has claimed that there is plot to rig the Thursday by election.

The team led by former Rangwe legislator, Martin Ogindo and Karachuonyo MP, James Rege claimed stuffed ballot boxes had been traced to a retired pastor’s house in Oyugis township and others to some premises in Rangwe township.

The leaders asked the government to thoroughly investigate the planned rigging of the by election and arrest those behind the plot.

“Our opponents have sensed defeat and have now resorted to dirty tricks by bringing in stuffed ballot boxes. We are asking the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to ensure the Thursday polls are free and fair,” Rege said.

Read Also: IEBC says all is set for Homa Bay by-election

Rege at the same time accused a section of the media for biased reporting. He singled out the Nation media group for portraying Okundi campaign team as having a hand in reported incidences of violence.

“The ODM candidate, Moses Kajwang' recently feigned injuries purportedly sustained during a funeral in our stronghold in a bid to win sympathy votes, but the truth is now out because the medic who attended to the candidate has confessed that Ruaraka MP, TJ Kajwang and Homa Bay County women representative, Gladys Wanga persuaded him to give him a neck brace and bandage in the ear although he did not have any injuries,” Okundi said.

Addressing a press conference in a Homa Bay hotel, Okundi said his team was conducting a last minute door-to-door campaign and that they were confident of winning the election.

Rege insisted that although he was an ODM legislator, he was free to campaign for the Homa Bay people to vote for a candidate of their choice.

“No intimidations will stop me from campaigning,” he said.

“I am not campaigning for a particular candidate. I am campaigning for the democratic right our community to elect a candidate of their choice rather than an imposed candidate as happened in ODM nominations,” he said.

Other campaign team members present during the press briefing were Charles Ong’ondo and Odoyo Owindi.

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