The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), has urged the media to give credible information during the Muguga Ward’s by-election slated for Thursday.
The Muguga Ward IEBC ready for Muguga by-electionReturning Officer, Mr Evanson Githinji, urged the media to provide fair, balanced and impartial reporting during the exercise.
The briefing held at the Muguga Wagatonye Secondary School in Kabete Constituency, Wednesday, was attended by members of the media fraternity from various organizations, observers and IEBC staff.
The seat fell vacant after the area MCA Eliud Ngugi, alias Thithia, died on March 16,2021.
“The media is a major stakeholder in the electoral process and IEBC has undertaken to work closely with the journalist in enhancing the credibility of the elections in the spirit of transparency and accountability,” said Githinji.
He further said that all the election materials have been delivered and the presiding officers for the 29-polling stations present were expected to pick the materials at the Tallying Center, today.
The Returning Officer further urged the public to turn up in large numbers to vote for their new MCA.
Fumigation of the Tallying Center and the Polling Stations was also done Wednesday in line with the Covid-19 health protocol.
According to the IEBC, hand washing places have also been set-up in every Polling Station and no voter will be allowed inside the polling area without wearing a mask.
“All the election materials are here and Presiding Officers will be relocated, today. The Commission has also ensured strict adherence to Covid- 19 regulations,” he said.
The County Police Commander, Ali Nuno, who was also present said security matters have been taken care of with 20 police officers deployed at the Tallying Center and two police officers deployed in every polling center.
“A total of 58 police officers have been deployed for the Muguga Ward by-election, therefore, there is enough security personel to make sure the elections are carried out peacefully,” said Mr. Nuno
The four candidates for the seat include Thumbi Peter Kamau, Mumbi Moses Gichau, Peter Njoroge Mugo and Mugara Joseph Githinji.