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Victory as ODM retains 5 governors in Nyanza

By James Omoro | Published Sun, August 13th 2017 at 00:00, Updated August 12th 2017 at 23:46 GMT +3
FROM LEFT: West Mugirango MP-elect Vincent Kemosi, Governor-elect John Nyagarama, Jubilee Woman MP-elect Jerusha Momanyi and Senator-elect Eric Mogeni after their wins. [Stanley Ongwae]

Orange Democratic Movement Party (ODM) has retained all the governors’ positions in Nyanza demonstrating the party’s might in the region.

Kisumu’s Jack Ranguma who was defending his seat as an Independent candidate lost to another ODM candidate, Prof Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, according to the provisional results by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

Cornel Rasanga (Siaya), Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay), Okoth Obado (Migori), James Ongwae (Kisii) and John Nyangarama (Nyamira) are all headed for a second term after their solid win. Mr Awiti, who has staved off a stiff challenge from his closest rival Oyugi Magwanga, was declared winner by Homa Bay County Returning Officer Mike Kosgey.

He gannered 210,060 votes against Magwanga’s 189,060 votes. Speaking after being declared the winner, Awiti promised to work with all Homa Bay residents regardless of whom they voted for.

“I am a Governor of all Homa Bay residents. I will serve them regardless of whether or not they supported me,” assured Awiti. Magwanga rejected the results on grounds that there was voter manipulation in the tallying.

“Some of my agents were ejected from the polling station as the results were being tampered with,” said Magwanga.

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Homa Bay senator Moses Kajwang’ of ODM retained his seat with a commanding lead of 329,720 votes. Former National Social and Security Fund boss Fred Rabongo (Independent) emerged second with 71,963 votes while Jubilee’s John Ogola secured 2,031 votes. For the Woman Rep race, Gladys Wanga of ODM retained her seat with 366,756 votes.

She was followed by Florence Juma (Independent) who got 13,820 votes while Lilian Achieng’ of Jubilee got 3,010.

In Siaya, Independent candidate Nicholas Gumbo rejected the results after Rassanga surged ahead in the provisional results with a wide margin. Other bigwigs Ongwae and Nyangarama managed comfortable wins. Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission’s results showed that Rasanga was ahead of Gumbo with 198,889 votes against 174,791.

In Kisumu, Prof Nyong’o garnered 263,995 votes against Ranguma’s 150,571 votes. In Kisii and Migori, Ongwae and Obado turned tables on their opponents, Chris Obure and Ochilo Ayacko respectively.

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