Taita Taveta governor John Mruttu has called on the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) to investigate claims of voter buying in the area as the country gears for a general election.

Mruttu revealed that intelligence reports indicate that some people are going round the county collecting identity cards from the residents after paying sh. 50 and promising even more at a later date without telling them what they were going to do with them.

All indications are that people whose identity cards have been taken away will for sure not vote come August 8 and security agencies should investigate the same, said the governor.

He added that these innocent wananchi giving out their documents have also been told that more goodies would be given to them before the d-day.

We are calling upon residents to safeguard their voter’s cards from corrupt and unpopular politicians who are out to lure them with money to vote for them. Our concern is that the culprits are not telling the voters what they are going to do with the names and IDs, said the Governor.

The county boss cited areas worst hit by voter bribery as Kasigau Ward in Voi Constituency, Bura Ward in Mwatate constituency and Bomeni Ward in Taveta Constituency respectively.

Source: Kenya News Agency