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Raso defends his parliamentary seat

The tallying exercise of votes in Saku Constituency has been concluded at the Moi Girls Tallying Centre after a 25-hour wait, in which Colonel (Rtd), Dido Raso, of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), has successfully defended the seat for the third term in a row.

The Member of Parliament garnered 7,192 votes out of 21,263 ballots cast to emerge victorious in the clouded race that attracted seven contestants to retain the seat.

Announcing the results the Saku Constituency Returning Officer, Sanchan Lokadio, said the peaceful exercise that was incident free saw Jubilee’s candidate, Dr Waqo Dulacha Ejersa, who got 6,441 votes emerge second in the tight race.

Adan Wario of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) was third with 3,273 votes while an Independent Candidate, Halkano Diida Waqo, managed 2,674 votes.

At the fifth position was Alexander Barille of Wiper Party with 820 votes, Mamo Waqo Mado, Alliance National Congress (ANC) garnered 792 votes, while Ibrahim Wako Kula of CPK trailed at number seven with 71 votes.

The Returning Officer announced that the Constituency has 30,209 registered voters and recorded a turnout of 70.38 per cent at its 81 Polling Stations that include one at the Marsabit GK Prison deport.

In his acceptance speech, Col Raso thanked the electorate for bestowing him another chance to serve them, as their Member of Parliament and vowed not to let them down.

The seasoned Legislator commended the residents for partaking in a peaceful election and urged them to always embrace peace and love one another.

He said he would seek to join hands with his competitors in serving the people of Saku, adding that political competition should never create a wedge between leaders, as well as the citizens.

The Legislator further noted that the elections were held in an enabling environment because the government had taken action to restore security and peace in the Constituency.

He asked the constituents to continue supporting the endeavour by the government, not only for their safety but accelerated development.

By Sebastian Miriti

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