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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,15TH DEC 2020-Vote counting exercise has begun in Msambweni constituency after voting came to a close shortly after 5pm.
The by elections has attracted a total of 9 contenders with two candidates Omar Boga of ODM and Faisel Bader who is the independent candidate being the candidates to watch.
Earlier police arrested Former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama and Belgut MP Nelson Koech after the two were accused of causing disturbance during the Msambweni by-election.
The two leaders, who were election agents for Feisal Bader, an independent candidate were arrested at Jomo Kenyatta Primary School in Msambweni. They were later taken to Mombasa. and were hurriedly rushed to Mombasa.
Former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar said two other people had been arrested.
“We have two leaders, Muthama and Nelson Koech who have been arrested.
There are two more people arrested with them,” said Omar.
Muthama and other leaders aligned to Deputy President William Ruto, were monitoring the voting exercise in various parts.
Their arrests disrupted voting which resumed later under tight security.
The by-election was carried out under strict COVID-19 regulations after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared a ‘No mask No voting.’