Msambweni residents have today taken to the polls to elect their new Member of Parliament in an election that has been termed as a battle between the pro-handshake team and the Hustlers movement.

Voters started queuing at polling stations as early as 6:30am, indicating how eager they are to vote in their new leader.

Media reports indicate that voters washed their hands before accessing the polling station, and were also screened for temperature as directed by the Ministry of Health.

According to observers, the election process is fairing on well although there is very low turnout which is synonymous with by-elections.

In most polling stations, the exercise is largely peaceful with security officers ensuring that election rules are adhered to.

Meanwhile, a section of leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto have raised alarm after top police officers in Msambweni were reportedly transferred hours to the much-awaited mini-poll.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen alleged that the new team of security bosses in Msambweni have been meeting an unnamed governor in Mombasa.

“Msambweni top security officers transferred a night before elections meanwhile a team of police officers who have been meeting a Governor in Mombasa are set to take over from to tonight. What is the motive?” he tweeted.

On her part, Kandara Member of Parliament Alice Wahome demanded for an explanation from the Ministry of Interior over the alleged transfer.

“The PS Interior and Cordination National Gov’t. Tell the country why you have made an emergency transfer of OCPD Bitok of Msambweni and his police officers. Are you planning to mess up with Electoral security for by-election tomorrow?” she tweeted.

Here are more photos from the Msambweni by-election: