By Karanja Njoroge and Martha Mibei
The poll was characterised by shouting matches and near fistfights.
At one point, a councillor dashed out of the chambers with the ballot box paralysing the voting exercise.
A section of councillors led by former county council chairman John Murigo accused chairman Hezekiah Kariuki of conducting the election in haste to rubberstamp some candidates. Murigo and his group threatened to go court over election of councillor Ngugi Ngure as the chairman of town planning committee.
Tempers flared at the chamber after Ngure was declared elected unopposed.
âIf you donât want us to move to court, then we should repeat election of town planning chairman since we were not consulted. We want fair elections,â charged Murigo.
Council clerk Joseph Malinda had a hard time taking councillors through sections of the law to cool tempers.Â Â
Earlier, more than 60 councillors had differed on the mode of composing the committees with one group proposing that fresh elections be held while another faction preferring current committee members.Â Â Â
The standoff was later resolved and the exercise kicked off with councillor Paul Chebor of ODM being elected unopposed to chair finance and general-purpose committee.
Others elected included Josephine Yegon (education), Jane Simita (vice-chairperson finance), Mercy Muriu (environment) and Christine Mutinda (HIV/Aids committee). The council has been embroiled in controversy after former finance chairman Joshua Cheruiyot moved to court to challenge his ouster from office. Meanwhile, the councilâs clerk Joseph Malinda told Nakuru High Court yesterday that a lawyer misled him in March over a court order barring council elections.