Key IEBC officials forced to resign

The situation turned more ugly when a rowdy group of youth threw a beehive in a polling station.

While several Returning officers opted to quit the job in fear of security, many of them equally opted to close polling stations as early as 8.30 am on Thursday.

A police report at Rera Dok Primary polling station at Marani in Kisii County said the returning officer ordered the voting called off at 8.30am after presiding officers and polling clerks resigned.

The IEBC officials, it remerged on Friday cited “threats on their lives from the locals who did not want to participate in the exercise”.

In different report, the returning officer at Uriri in Migori County was attacked near his home, and was forced to turn away the IEBC offer.

Mr Benson Ambuko told officers that he was confronted by anti-election protesters who beat him up, injuring him in the neck and took away his laptop, a cell phone and Sh8,000. Mr Ambuko escaped on a motorbike to Uriri police station.

Elsewhere, a record five men masquerading as voters destroyed a ballot box and papers at Entontol polling station in Melili ward, Narok North constituency. Five ballots had been cast at the time of the attack, according to police reports.

Another report said no voting took place in Awendo, Migori County as there were no presiding officers available.

“There were running battles during the better part of the day between police officers and demonstrators who kept barricading Kisii-Migori road with stones and logs,” according to the report.

In Oyugis town, a police officer sustained injuries after a stone hurled with a catapult hit him in the mouth.

As voting came to a close, police warned of stern action after receiving information that there are plans to attack convoys transporting ballot materials from polling stations to tallying centres.

In Kakamega’s Malava Constituency rowdy youth threw a swarm of bees to disrupt the exercise prompting the closure of some polling stations.

The youth carried a hive full of the bees to Matsakha Primary School polling station forcing IEBC officials to call in the law enforcers from Malava Police Station.

A handful voters present were forced to move far away from the gate fearing attack by the bees. Malava OCPD Anne Muli led an operation to fight the bees.

Earlier, police had arrested some youths at Matsakha and Shilongo for attempting to disrupt voting.

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