Man arrested for voter bribery allegations, others being pursued

Police have arrested a man on allegations of voter bribery allegations in Isiolo town.

The Isiolo County Commissioner (CC), George Natembeya said police followed a tip off from members of the public and rushed to the scene but the man who was alleged to have been giving bribes and those who were receiving ran away.

The police pursued the suspect and arrested him and he is helping in investigations. We will also pursue those who were receiving bribes since we photographed them and if evidence is found they will be taken to court, said Natembeya.

Natembeya further disclosed that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCIO) boss was following leads to follow on another case of voter bribery where someone was reported to have been seen dishing out money.

He said voting started smoothly in most of the polling stations but there were a few stations in far flung areas where slight delays were experienced over logistical challenges especially transport.

The areas affected, included Merti and Sericho but due to the low numbers of voters many completed voting early.

He however, lamented the slow pace in which the process was taking place with long queues that do not seem to move in the highly populated polling stations within Isiolo town and its suburbs a clear indication that the voting was to go beyond 5pm.

When KNA visited a number of polling stations there were cases of a few people failing to be identified by the Biometric Voter Identification device causing some delays.

Challenges of fingerprints being breached by application of cosmetics and old age were witnessed.

According to the County Elections Manager, Solomon Mudanya, Isiolo County has 75,338 registered voters and there are 196 polling stations across the county.

Source: Kenya News Agency