FALSE: NO KIEMS KIT WAS SNEEKED OUT OF THE POLLING STATION
By Fridah Okachi.
Fact checker Journalist.
Edited By Kamadi Amata.
False information circulating on social media that one of IEBC KIEMS kits was sneaked out of the polling station during the Kiamba constituency by-election so that can be used to vote in a thicket. This was to be used in favor of jubilee candidate.
Gatundu south Member of Parliament Moses Kuria had on earlier on Thursday shared pictures of a vehicle on his Facebook page. He allege that IEBC officials had sneaked out KIEMS kits using the vehicle.
He noted that he could not reach IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati and that was the reason he opted to share the information on social media.
Image: Courtesy Moses Kuria Facebook page.
Kuria is backing UDA candidate Njuguna Wanjiku after agreeing to withdraw his party – PEP’s – candidate from the race while Jubilee candidate in the by-election Kariri Njama exuded confidence that he will emerge the winner in the poll.
The IEBC has denied aiding rigging in the ongoing Kiambaa by-election following allegations made by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.
In a statement on Thursday, the electoral agency said claims by Kuria that some officials had sneaked out to conduct voting at growers’ plantation were false.
A screen shot of a tweet from IEBC official Twitter handle.
“The car in question is an IEBC vehicle being used by Commission staff who are providing technical support to the polling process. The post by Moses Kuria is therefore a false allegation. #July15thByelections,” IEBC said in a tweet.
This story was produced by Fridah Okachi at Mtaani newsroom in partnership with Code for Africa’s iLAB data journalism programme.