ODM reaps big in Nyanza ward by-elections
SEE ALSO :Ugenya aspirant resigns from ODMOnly the two candidates contested the seat left vacant when area MCA Boaz Okoth was elected the County's County Assembly Speaker. Mr Ruto said only 5,585 of the 12, 974 registered voters in the ward turned up to cast their ballots. At the same time The CRO Mr. Ruto told the press that there was chaos in two polling stations that is Nyora and Modi. “All polling station were opened at 6:00 AM in the morning where the voting started smoothly but at around 10 AM the two aspirants found themselves at Modi polling station were their supports clash,” Said Ruto. The win in Nyatike has given the Orange party more hope as it campaigns to retain the Migori senate seat on October 9.
SEE ALSO :Aisha Jumwa officially kicked out of ODMThe part has nominated former Energy Minister Ochillo Ayacko as its candidate for the seat left vacant following the death of Ben Oluoch Okello. Mr Ayacko will battle it out with Five other candidates. In Basi Chache, ODM candidate Japheth Ombeo got 2,406 votes to trounce his closest challenger- Fred Sambu who garnered 1,749 votes. Returning officer, Moses Daula said the elections were peaceful although hit by low voter turnout. The win is a big boost to Kisii Governor James Ongwae, who campaigned for Mr Ombeo. The by-election was occasioned by a decision by Ombeo who got 1291 votes to successfully file a petition at the Ogembo Court challenging the election of Sambu who got 1353 votes in the August 2017 general election. Others who vied for the seat included ; Andrew Oseko (FORD-KENYA ), James Magange(National Agenda Party), Haroun Masese(Maendeleo Chap Chap), Zephania Nyangoto (Liberal Party of Kenya), Vincent Kerosi (Kenya Social Congress), Samwel Gwaro(Peoples Empowerment Party) and Hezekiah Bosire ( Republican Party of Kenya).