All set for Tuesday’s Msambweni mini poll

Written By: Nicholas Kigondu/Michael Mwandiga

Photo by Haniel Mengistu.

Voters in Msambweni constituency will tomorrow elect their next representative bringing to an end a fiercely contested race that has seen political antagonists engage in a battle of wits to outsmart each other.

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says all logistical plans are in place ahead of the by-election with the region’s 69,003 registered voters expected to exercise their democratic right and vote in the 60 polling centres and 129 polling centres located within the constituency.

Kwale County IEBC Returning officer Yusuf Abubakar says the exercise will be conducted within strict Covid-19 protocols as outlined by the ministry of health with the electoral body providing special clerks to deal with the new normal.

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All those seeking to participate in the voting exercise will be required to don face masks with four ambulances stationed across the county expected to deal with any emergency.

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Abubakar says adequate security has been deployed in the area to ensure the smooth running of the voting exercise with action taken against those who flout set guidelines. Polling will open at 6 am and close at 6 pm.

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The vote has presented itself as a two-horse race between ODM party flag bearer Omar Boga and independent candidate Feisal Bader who has been endorsed by Deputy President William Ruto.

Also in the race are Charles Bilali (Independent), Marere Wamwachai (National Vision Party), Hassan Mwakulonda (Party of Economic Democracy), Mahmoud Sheikh (Wiper Party) and Khamis Mwakaonje (United Green Movement) and Mansury Kumaka (Independent).

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Msambweni constituency Returning Officer (RO) Yussuf Abubakar says election materials will be transported to all polling stations on Monday under tight security. Photo by Haniel Mengistu.

ODM is seeking to reclaim the Msambweni parliamentary seat that fell vacant after the death of area MP Suleiman Dori in March.

The campaign period was characterised by heightened activity with candidates and leaders allied to them making a desperate last-ditch effort to reach as many voters as possible.

Campaigns closed on Saturday with each political camp claiming to have done enough to ensure that their candidate takes the day.

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