By Robert Wanyonyi and Paul Gitau
Sio Ward Councillor Barasa Ndinga defeated ODMâs out-going mayor Majimbo Okumu by five votes to three.
ODM, however, retained the deputy mayorâs position, which incumbent Edith Shikandi got unopposed. The party also took the chairmanship of the Finance; Town Planning, Public Health and Environment committees while PNU took only two committees â Education and Audit.
Earlier, there was tension as residents had sought a court order from the Bungoma High Court barring nominated Councillor Lucas Watta from taking part in the election, but Town Clerk William Chepkwony disregarded the order.
Exact date not fixed
In Kakamega, Mayor Joseph Serenge said elections would be held next week though the exact date was not yet fixed.
Serenge is set to face the former town Mayor Robert Ponyochi Konyobo in the elections.
Konyobo won Maraba Ward seat on a Ford-Kenya ticket after a by-election, last year.
"I am confident I am going to retain the seat because I have adequate support from councillors," said Serenge, who is also the national vice-chairman of the Association of Local Government Authorities f Kenya.
Malava ODM chairman Msafini Nambwa and Sikolia have since challenged Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi to unite the councillors for the sake of reclaiming the seat. Mudavadi is also the deputy ODM party leader.