A senior citizen linked to Cleophas Malala was taken into custody over election offenses while in a polling station as the mini-election was underway.
It is not clear which polling station the man was arrested from, but he was found in possession of campaign stickers of Malala and his running mate according to a video shared online.
Unconfirmed reports claim that the man would issue the stickers to voters accompanied with Kshs200 notes.
Earlier, Malala’s main opponent in the Kakamega gubernatorial race Fernandes Barasa had however complained that there were a lot of voter bribery incidents in Matungu and several other places in the county.
“What we have seen is a lot of voter bribery. My opponent Cleophas Malala has been bribing voters in various polling stations. That is an election offense and I want to urge IEBC and all security agencies to make sure they take action so that people can vote in a free and fair manner without any intimidation,” the ODM candidate told the media.
He added that he has evidence to prove his allegations and that he had already reported the matter to the authorities.
On his side, Malala denied claims of voter bribery adding that he personally does not advocate for that.
“I have not witnessed any case of voter bribery. I have said this has been the most peaceful election, I have not seen people bribing people. Even myself I would not encourage people to bribe people and even my competitors have tried not to bribe people,” he said.
He further said that he will only concede defeat if he loses fairly and urged his competitor to do the same.
“But I am advising them to concede defeat early enough because I am certain that I am the winner of this election,” Malala said.
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