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Voter bribery high in Nyeri, says aspirant

03 March 2013, 09:27 Wangui Joseph

A TNA gubernatorial seat aspirant in Nyeri County on Friday expressed concerns that his rivals are lively bribing voters in bid to woo their votes just two days to the general elections.

Wahome Gakuru said the electoral body has done nothing towards controlling majority of election malpractices that have been taking place in the region notwithstanding mountains of complaints lodged to them.

“Voter bribery has to be tackled well for it is an offence under Elections Act,” he said.

He was addressing press at Karatina market during his final campaign trails.

Wahome Gakuru

Gakuru claimed that on Thursday, one of his rivals spent the better part of the day dishing money to youth in Mweiga claiming that he was selling his policies to them.

“We are aware of all these offences and even where they had met. I will not indulge in any malpractice; as I said earlier I will abide with the law up to the end,” said Gakuru.

He promised to improve Karatina market to enhance trade in the region which he said will attract more investors.

“This is the largest market in East and Central Africa and so it has the potential of improving many people’s livelihoods,” he stated.

Gakuru noted that money influence and voter bribery is rife in the county, practiced by candidates who are sensing defeat and therefore are trying to buy victory.

He also said his party (TNA) will garner one hundred per cent of the total vote in the county.

However, Nyeri County returning officer Peter Wanjohi said there is no evidence linking to any malpractice regarding any candidate.

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