BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,15TH JULY,2021-Residents of Kiambaa constituency woke up as early as 6AM to elect their new Member of Parliament following the demise of the former MP in March.
Voter turn out is however low in what is expected to be a tight by election pitting UDA and Jubilee.
Political enthusiasts have dubbed it a contest between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto.
Members of Parliament affiliated to Ruto and the UDA party have traversed the constituency mobilising support for their candidate Njuguna Wanjiku while the same was replicated by Jubilee elected members who are looting for Kariri Njama.
At Karuri Secondary School, Presiding Officer Joy Gichohi says the exercise is proceeding well and there are no hitches so far.
Her sentiments were echoed by Nyeri town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu who is a Jubilee party agent.
Wambugu expressed his satisfaction with the exercise so far but called on Kiamba residents to turn up and vote saying the low numbers are a concern.
He exuded confidence that Jubilee will win the by election saying a win will revitalise its diminishing influence in a region once considered its strong hold.
Njama is expected to cast his vote at Gachie at around 10am while Njuguna will cast his vote at Thimbigua Primary School around the same time.
The by-election has however not been without its fair share of drama. National Assembly Majority Leader Amos kimunya was confronted by youths at Kimuga polling station, who wanted him ejected from the station saying he is not a voter nor an agent