ODM’s Imran Okoth Wins Kibra By-election

Orange Democratic Movement(ODM) party candidate Bernard Imran Okoth is the MP-elect for the Kibra constituency following his resounding victory on Thursday.

File: ODM leader Raila Odinga endorsing ODM candidate Bernard Okoth.

The ODM candidate trounced 23 contestants to emerge the victor of the polls which had gained ‘national’ status following the involvement political heavyweights in the country.

Imran, brother to immediate MP Ken Okoth, garnered 24,636 (59 per cent)votes followed, by a distant second, Jubilee’s McDonald Mariga who scooped 11230(27 per cent) votes.

Amani National Congress candidate Eliud Owalo managed 5275(13 per cent) votes while Ford Kenya candidate Butichi Khamisi got 260 (1 per cent) votes.

The remaining 20 candidates shared 10 per cent of the votes cast.

A total of 41984 (35.38 per cent) of voters turned up to exercise their democratic rights in the polls.

In his address, Imran said from the onset he was certain he will clinch the seat.

He pledged to work towards bringing together the Kibra residents in his bid to deliver his manifesto.

“I was sure I will win. I am excited but I want to ensure Kibra people come together because this election has brought a lot of division and I want to bring all people together so that I deliver on my promise to the Kibra people,” said Imran

The Jubilee candidate conceded defeat even before the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission( IEBC) announced the final tally.

Mariga pledged to work together with the newly elected MP in delivering quality services for the Kibra residents.

The ODM party reclaimed the seat after it fell vacant following the death of Ken Okoth in July.

The by-election had attracted the participation of senior political parties and leaders.

Deputy President William Ruto led Jubilee team in campaigning for Mariga while Raila Odinga actively participated in the polls by holding several rallies to drum up support for Imran.

ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi led his team in campaigning for Owalo while Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula campaigned for Butichi.

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