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Atandi breaks the one- term jinx 

Alego – Usonga Member of Parliament, Samuel Atandi, garnered 69,929 votes to retain his seat.

Atandi, who beat three other contestants, becomes the first Legislator to successfully defend the Alego – Usonga parliamentary seat since the introduction of multi-party politics in 1992.

He was declared the winner by the Alego – Usonga Constituency Returning Officer, George Jobando, at the Constituency Tallying Centre situated at the Siaya Institute of Technology.

George Malan Omondi, a former area MP who contested on a DAPK ticket, managed 14,624 votes while independent candidate, Sospeter Aming’a managed 2,079.

The other contestant, Joseph Ochieng, also Independent candidate polled 581 votes.

The Returning Officer said that a total of 86,413 votes were casted during the exercise, adding that 546 votes were rejected.

Jobando said that the voter turnout in the Constituency was 71 per cent.

It was song and dance inside the hall immediately Atandi was declared the winner as his supporters danced to “Ohangla” tune.

In his victory speech, Atandi thanked the Alego – Usonga constituents, saying that he was honoured to break the one-term jinx.

He pledged to serve the residents with more vigour and called on his opponents to join him in serving the Constituency.

Philip Onyango

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