Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has reaffirmed that it’s ready to conduct the Muguga Ward by-election Thursday.
The Muguga Ward Returning Officer, Mr Evanson Githinji, said the exercise will be conducted within the set Covid-19 health standards with special clerks who will undertake the course.
On Wednesday fumigation of the Tallying Center and Polling Stations was done in line with the Covid-19 health protocols.
According to IEBC, handwashing places have also been set up in every Polling Station and no voter will be allowed inside polling centres without a mask.
Githinji also urged the media to provide fair, balanced, and impartial reporting during the exercise.
“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.
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.
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 urged the residents of Muguga to turn up in large numbers to vote for their new MCA.
The County Police Commander, Ali Nuno, said that 20 police officers have been 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 personnel 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.
The seat fell vacant after the area MCA Eliud Ngugi, alias Thithia, died on March 16, 2021.