Corruption Takes Over Bonchari By-election


The orange democratic movement party claimed their counterparts from Jubilee had joined forces with administrators to bribe voters in polling stations. The party also expressed its discomfort with the presence of police who were allegedly harassing voters. The Orange party has written to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to intervene in the matter. 

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has claimed electoral malpractices rocked the Bonchari mini-poll that was held on Tuesday, May 18.The party, through its agents, alleged voter bribery was witnessed in various polling centers. The party accused their Jubilee counterparts of colluding with local administrators who allegedly moved around the stations bribing the voters.

The Raila Odinga-led party has also written to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), decrying harassment of the party’s candidate and other officials. IN its letter addressed to the IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, ODM stated its officials had been subjected to hostility by the police throughout the campaign period and on the polling day. The party claimed politicians in the constituency had been arrested and held by the police without disclosing the reasons behind the arrests.

The party called on IEBC to look into their claims stating the recent acts had contravened election laws, hindering a democratic exercise. “We believe that it falls within the mandate of the IEBC to move to the office of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions(ODPP) to investigate and prosecute the persons perpetrating the offences,” read the letter signed by Oduor Ong’wen, ODM executive director.

On Monday, a day to the mini-poll, ODM raised rigging concerns, claiming ballot staffing was being planned after deployment of black ballot boxes. The party’s secretary-general, Edwin Sifuna, stated they were keen on a free and fair process, insisting they would not condone any suspicious move by their competitors.

The ODM party has Pavel Oimeke, who will be taking on Jubilee’s Zebedeo Opore. Bonchari By-Election: ODM Rejects Black Ballot Boxes, Raises Rigging Concerns. Also in the race is Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance candidate John Oyioka’s widow, Teresa Bitutu.

The seat fell vacant following the death of Oyioka at a Kisumu hospital on February 15The late Oiyoka was elected to the National Assembly in 2017 on the PDP ticket after he trounced Opore, who now seeks to re-enter parliament using a Jubilee Party ticket.