The Jubilee Party candidate in the Kiambaa by-election is still in the race despite reports posted on social media on Wednesday night that he had withdrawn from the race.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, June 14, the party’s secretary general Raphael Tuju said that the message circulated on social media about the removal of their candidate Kariri Njama was false.
“We have come to realize that false messages are being circulated on social media platforms aimed at giving bad information to the public about Kiambaa by-elections,” Tuju said.
Tuju said Njama was in the race and accused his opponents of using propaganda and bad news after feeling defeated.
“Shame on those opponents who, after feeling defeated, used tired and old-fashioned methods of reporting in the 1960s,” he added.
Tuju urged all voters in Kiambaa to turn out on Thursday morning to exercise their democratic rights.
Jubilee also warned about their opponents’ strategy to prevent a state of conflict on election day and then claimed they were arrested in an attempt to provoke emotions.
Voting began today at 6:20 am and will continue throughout the day.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has warned politicians against interfering in the exercise.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday evening, Kiambaa returning officer Peter Muigai said senior agents of political parties would not be allowed in polling stations.
The Jubilee conspiracy will face United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate John Njuguna Wanjiku in a high-profile vote between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.
Other candidates in the by-elections include Richard Njoroge (New Democratic Party), Isaac Karomo (Kenya Federal Party), Willie Mbugua (Free), David Mugo (Free), Evans Wainaina (Free), Njoroge Harrison (Free) of others.
The candidates are seeking to replace former MP Paul Koinange, who died on March 31.
Kiambaa received 96,000 votes and 154 polling stations.