Tension engulfs Homa Bay on eve of by elections
11 February 2015, 15:59
Nairobi - Tension levels are high in Homa Bay as d-day in the senatorial by election arrives.
The elections are set for Thursday 12 February 2015 which will see voters seek to elect a new person to take over the departed Gerald Otieno Kajwang who died in November.
And with the race primarily a two horse one, between the Orange Democratic Movement ODM and the Maendeleo Party of Kenya, tension is high.
ODM candidate Moses Kajwang completed his campaigns Tuesday with a huge rally led by party leader Raila Odinga and his CORD principal Moses Wetangula.
Kajwang called on the people of Homa Bay to come out in large numbers to vote.
" This is your chance to make an important decision. Take it with both hands," he said.
Maendeleo candidate Philip Okundi on his part also held last ditch campaigns that centered on what he would offer the electorate as compared to his competitors.
" I have worked as an MP before and have served the public in various positions. You know what you will get with me as compared to others," he said.
Tension in Homa Bay town was obvious, as last minute preparations for the elections took place.
Voters were seen huddling in groups discussing the pros and cons of voting for certain candidates.
ODM, which is the incumbent, is seen as the one with most to lose, as there is genuine concern over the suitability of its candidate Kajwang.
Plus with both sides of the divide accusing each other of voter bribery and planned rigging, the election has taken a new dimension.
" It is a high stakes election. I do not think there is no one who is not tense because the battle between the top two is very close," Elvince Joseph a youth leader in the County said.
" It is expected, but we hope for fair and peaceful polls," he added.
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