IEBC on credibility test as Baringo heads to a by-election

In 2013 general elections, Martha Karua’s Narc-Kenya garnered 495 votes, with Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA emerging with 138,488 representing 88.6 per cent of votes cast in Baringo County.

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7079 registered voters in Mumberes/Maji Mazuri ward of Eldama Ravine Constituency of Baringo County will be voting to replace the area MCAs who passed on.

Peter Kimani Kagathi, who was representing Mumberes/Maji Mazuri Ward, had been hospitalized in a Nakuru hospital before he passed on in October last year.

Narc-Kenya’s James Eliud Kimani will be facing off with Susan Washuka of Jubilee Party in the highly contested elections, even as the general elections inches closer.

In 2013 general elections, Martha Karua’s Narc-Kenya garnered 495 votes, with Uhuru Kenyatta’s TNA emerging with 138,488 representing 88.6 per cent of votes cast.

The IEBC has deployed 140 election officials across the 20 polling stations. Already the commission has indicated that the voting exercise, which commenced at 6am, is running smoothly, no case of elections offense violation.

The tallying, which starts after 6pm, will be done at Moi Highland Mixed Secondary School, presided over by Vincent Kimeli.

No time

Earlier, following the demise of Kwale Senator Juma Boy Juma, the IEBC downplayed any possibility of having a by-election in the area, citing lack of adequate time to execute the plan.

Currently, the IEBC is finalizing on cleaning the register of voters, before it can make it available to the public.

In the recent mass voter registration, over 3.7 million new voters were registered in preparation for the August polls.

Tender award

Meanwhile, the IEBC has terminated a tender for the installation of an Integrated Elections Management System for the August 8 polls.

Last week Thursday, the electoral agency was in the process of concluding the Sh3 billion tender with French firm Gemalto SA, later refuting leaked media reports about the matter.

The system is meant to integrate the existing biometric voter registration, the biometric voter identification, the electronic results transmission and the political party and candidate registration systems.

But in a letter to the firm on Tuesday, IEBC's Ezra Chiloba noted that the firm's bid was "significantly above the budgetary provision".

The CEO also said litigation was a reason for the cancellation.

"Given the remaining legal steps to conclude the tender, it will be almost impossible for the commission to execute its mandate within the statutory timelines," the letter states.

According to the Election Laws, IEBC should have the technology in place by the end of March for use on May 10.

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