August 9

Majority of ODM legislators in Nyanza retain seats

Thursday, August 11th, 2022 00:40 | By
ODM leader Raila Odinga addressing party county chairperson’s from at Chungwa House in Nairobi. Photo/PD/Emmanuel Wanson

Several Nyanza ODM MPs retained their seats in the just concluded General-Election.

 Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) provisional results declared by various returning officers of respective constituencies put the legislators way ahead of the rest in the race.

Muhoroni MP Onyango Koyoo recaptured his parliamentary seat on ODM ticket, same as Aduma Owuor of Nyakach and Jared Okello (Nyando).

 Outgoing Kisumu Woman Representative Rosa Buyu was also leading in the race for the Kisumu West constituency seat pitting her against lawyer Olago Aluoch. Olago has been area MP for the last 15 years.

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ODM Kisumu Woman Representative candidate Ruth Odinga and Kisumu Central Parliamentary nominee Dr Joshua Oron were also leading in the provisional results.

Oron was on the verge of defeating incumbent MP Fred Ouda who was defending the seat as an Independent candidate.

In Seme constituency, the incumbent Dr James Nyikal also retained the seat on ODM ticket and so did Elisha Odhiambo of Gem who was also leading by wide margins.

In Kisumu East constituency, incumbent MP Shakeel Shabir (Independent) was headed for victory.

Shakeel was defending the seat against his main challenger ODM’s candidate Nicholas Oricho. The legislator was set to make history after he trounced Oricho in 2017 election as an independent candidate.

 In the senatorial race, Senior Counsel Tom Ojienda (ODM) was headed for a win.

Efforts to take actual statistics was not easy as more results were still coming in at the tallying centre altering the figures by the minute, forcing journalists to rely on the leading candidates names based on interim results.

The candidates relied heavily on their polling agents results and data from each polling station.

 The last minute rally held in Kisumu where ODM leader Raila Odinga drummed up support for six piece voting appears to have tilted the scales in favour of Buyu.

 Raila had asked voters in his Nyanza stronghold to vote six piece and give him foot soldiers to work with. This paid off ultimately, going by the preliminary results seen.

According to Kisumu County Returning officer Solomon Mudanya, more results are still expected and winners will be officially announced soon after.

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