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.
The by-election follows the death of MP Ken Okoth after he succumbed to cancer in July.
The four parties are leading the pack in the battle for MP seat.
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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