Kibra votes for MP in by-election


By COLLINS OMULO
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Kibra residents in Nairobi County have begun voting in a high-stakes parliamentary by-election on Thursday seen as a do-or-die between Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto.

Polls opened at 6am and long lines could be seen in polling stations across the constituency’s five wards – Sarang’ombe, Woodley/Kenyatta Golf Course, Makina, Laini Saba and Lindi.

There are 24 candidates battling for the 118,658 votes.

Kibra by-election

A man votes at Ayany Primary school during Kibra by-election on November 7, 2019. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The by-election follows the death of MP Ken Okoth after he succumbed to cancer in July.

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The four parties are leading the pack in the battle for MP seat.

Kibra residents queue to cast their ballot at

Kibra residents queue to cast their ballot at Ayany Primary School in Nairobi on November 7, 2019. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

ODM has fielded the late Okoth’s brother Bernard Imran Okoth, while ruling Jubilee party is fronting football star McDonald Mariga.

Amani National Congress (ANC), led by Musalia Mudavadi, has thrown its weight behind Mr Odinga’s former aide Eliud Owalo, while Ford Kenya, whose leader is Moses Wetang’ula, backs Khamisi Butichi.


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