Bu Our reporter .
KISII KENYA 22 April 2021……….Residents from Bonchari constituency are up in arms against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission over allegations of employing outsiders to participate in the May 18 by-election.
Speaking to Gusii star after they held demonstrations in Suneka Town on Thursday they claimed that the employment of Presiding Officers and Deputy Presiding officers from other constituencies in Kisii County was a ploy to rig the impending by election.
Ian Simba a political activist said that there were concerns that most of the officers engaged to be in charge of the exercise were employees of Kisii County Government whose leadership was known to support one of the candidates contesting for the parliamentary seat.
“ We are calling on IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati to intervene and ensure that only Bonchari residents are recruited to be in charge of the by election since we would like to see the election of a leader of their choice as the Member of National Assembly,” said Simba.
Kelvin Onderi a student leader said that they are keenly watching especially the recruitment of clerks to be in charge of the voting exercise and that they would not accept attempts to rig the by election by anyone and that was the reason they closely scrutinized how it was being done.
He said that it was wrong to have almost 80% of those being recruited to be in charge of the exercise coming from neighboring constituencies and asked the IEBC to move with speed to rectify the anomaly so that it does not negatively affect the outcome of the by election.
“We are asking the relevant agencies to closely monitor the recruitment of officials to be in charge of this by election since we want the right person elected to serve the people of Bonchari for one year before the next general election,” said Onderi.
Bonchari Constituency Returning Officer Benson Ambuko dismissed the allegations made by the residents saying that currently IEBC was conducting interviews for people to serve as Presiding Officers, Deputy Presiding Officers and Clerks in the May 18 by election.
Ambuko said that it was wrong for anyone to cast aspersion in the conduct of the IEBC which was out to ensure that the by election was credible, free and fair and that it was unfair for some people to peddle falsehood that was out to cause unnecessary tension prior to the by election.
According to the Ambuko they are currently conducting interviews for various positions and its wrong for some people to come up with some alarming information which is not true at all and aimed to inciting members of the public.