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ODM Wins First Parliamentary Seat in Kisii

Orange Democratic Party (ODM) candidate, Pavel Oimeke, has won Bonchari Constituency Parliamentary seat, in a hotly contested by-election held, yesterday.

The Bonchari by-election Returning Officer, Benson Ambuko, announced Oimeke, as the winner after garnering 8,049 votes against Jubilee Party’s, Zebedeo Opore and UDA’s Teresa Bitutu who came second and third with 7,279 and 6,964 votes respectively.

Speaking, Wednesday morning, at the Tallying Center in Suneka town, Kisii South Sub-county, Kisii County, Governor James Ongwae, congratulated Oimeke and said democratic elections should be allowed to be completely democratic.

“I am ready to work to make sure that the people of Bonchari have development and transformation so that we can make the lives of our people much better,” Oimeke said.

This is the first parliamentary seat for ODM in Kisii region after losing all constituencies to other parties in 2017 General Elections.

The Constituency registered a voter turnout of about 50 per cent with a total of 26,526 votes cast against a total of 52,955 registered voters in the last elections.

Elsewhere, Francis Muraya of United Democratic Alliance (UDA) was declared winner for Rurii Ward by-election in Nyandarua County as Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson, Wafula Chebukati, postponed counting of votes in Juja Constituency by-election after Kiambu governor James Nyoro allegedly led individuals who disrupted the tallying process.

By Mercy Osongo and Erastus Michieka


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