The by-election attracted three candidates but two of the candidates who were nominated to contest announced that they had withdrawn from the race. They include Okoboi and independent candidate Issa Bantalib Taligola who officially announced his withdrawal during a rally attended by President Yoweri Museveni
Issuing the Group’s interim statement at a press conference in Nairobi, Golding, Chairperson of the Group, commended the efforts by political parties, their leaders, presidential candidates, and the people of Kenya, to foster a peaceful environment in the lead-up to the elections.
Moses Tushabe, one of the eyewitnesses says that Fr. Safari who was driving a Toyota Harrier registration number UBJ 226G while in the company Alkangiro Ahumbisibwe appeared at the polling station and started distributing money in favor of Independent candidate Asgario Turyagyenda.
Rosemary Sseninde, the NRM National mobiliser, says despite his alleged withdrawal from the race, Okoboi continued to mobilize voters throughout the election eve and polling day. She also argues that if Okoboi was serious about his alleged withdrawal from the race, he shouldn't have deployed polling agents at polling stations.
Ruto is leading in Doha, Qatar the biggest diaspra centre where he polled 519 votes against Odinga’s 427, out of a total 1,437 registered voters, while George Wajakoya Luchiri and Waihiga Davis Mwaure have 4 and 1 consecutively.
According to Turyagyenda, they have received credible information that the numberless vehicle are being driven by Resident District Commissioners and their escorts. He says that the numberless vehicles have triggered panic among voters.
At Cheele Polling Station in Oukot Parish where the National Resistance Movement-NRM party candidate, David Orone from voting started at 8:00am because of challenged with the Biometric voter verification machine.
Yasin Kyeyune, a resident and local leader from Masaku zone in Katwe 2 Parish, says that on a day when such operations are conducted, many children flee and are seen in the communities such as Katwe, away from the city center.