Election observer physically assaulted in Nyeri by-election

Election observer physically assaulted in Nyeri by-election

A female election observer was on Wednesday assaulted at Kiamariga Police Station by alleged supporters of Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua following a confrontation between the MP and election officials during the Ruguru Ward, Nyeri County, by-election.

Martha Miano, an observer for Political Parties Liason Committee, had reportedly gone to report alleged election malpractice to the station when the incident happened.

In a video captured on mobile phone, one person can seen and heard questioning the role of Miano as an observer alleging that she is a campaigner for one of the candidates in the Ruguru Ward race.

According to Miano, insults were hurled at her as she was physically assaulted by alleged supporters o the legislator, further adding that the police did not want to take her statement.

The Mathira MP however denied any involvement in the confrontation with Ms Miano and accused her of being partisan.

The election Returning Officer John Kahura, however, confirmed the incident.