By-Elections in 2007

Magarini Constituency

By-elections held on the 14th of May 2007. The By-election was occasioned by a court decision, which declared the Magarini seat vacant. IED sought and secured accreditation from the ECK, as is required, to observe the By-election. As part of the preparations, IED recruited and deployed two constituency monitors to monitor, observe, and report on the pre-election environment. This took place in April 2007 while the By-Election took place in May 2007.


Summary of activities undertaken:-

On 12th of April 2007, IED held a briefing session for the constituency monitors in Magarini who were consequently deployed.

On 8th May 2007 IED held a briefing session for our development partners and collaborators.

On the 12th of May 2007 at Coral Reef Beach Hotel in Malindi, IED briefed and deployed 90 poll watchers (45 male and 45 female) to observe the polling day activities during Magarini constituency by-election held 14th May 2007.

On 15th of May 2007 IED Members of the Board and Staff acted as roving observers during polling day.

Key issues observed during the by-election

IED observed a total of 3,344 assisted voters, in which 2,328 (16.8%) were women and 1,016(7.3%) were men. This high number was largely attributed to high levels of illiteracy.

The ECK experienced serious logistical challenges in conducting the by-election mostly due to the heavy down pour and poor road network. In this regard we observed long delays in opening polling stations with (58.4%) of the total polling stations opening late due to the heavy rains, and late arrival of materials and party agents

There was poor voter of 32 % which can be attributed to the heavy rains during the three days leading up to polling day