The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) candidate Ochillo Ayacko has won the Migori Senatorial seat.
Mr. Ayacko overcame five contenders and garnered 85,234 votes which are 57.7 percent and was closely followed by Eddy Oketch who garnered 60,555 which was 40.99 percent of the votes.
Ochillo, who is a former minister, had previously managed to lead on Monday night after four out of the eight constituencies had been reported. This drew his supporters to early celebrations hooting motorbikes along the roads.
Ayacko had earlier lost to Obado in the race for Governor during the August 8, 2017, General Election. ODM Party gave Ayacko a direct ticket to vie for the Senate seat, a move that was strongly opposed by Obado who is still in remand as Politicians and social media users in support of Ayacko branded the people supporting the Governor as “Team Kodera Forest”.
The Migori Senate by-election was marked by a low voter turnout with only 38.02 percent of the 388,633 registered voters casting their votes with 511 votes getting rejected.
Migori county has eight constituencies; Uriri, Rongo, Suna West, Suna East, Nyatike, Kuria West, Awendo and Kuria East.
Oketch, who came in second, beat Mr Ayacko in Uriri, which is Obado’s backyard as the Governor continues his stay in remand following accusations of masterminding the murder of university student Sharon Otieno.
Candidates who were also in the by-election race are Samwel Otieno (independent) Peter Jobando (Green Congress Party), Solomon Hodo Rugaria (People’s Democratic Party) and Dickson Ogolla (independent).
Below are the provisional IEBC tallies:
Suna West Constituency
Ayacko – 13,335, Oketch – 8,221, Jobando – 55, Ogola – 66, Otieno – 23, Hodo 8
Suna East Constituency
Ayacko – 11,950, Oketch – 8,297, Jobando – 147, Ogola – 121, Hodo- 34, Otieno – 20.
Oketch – 14,291, Ayacko – 8,680, Ogola – 77, Jobando- 51, Hodo – 24, Otieno 21
Kuria East Constituency
Ayacko- 4,961, Oketch – 1,585, Hodo – 79, Otieno – 77, Jobando – 68, Ogola – 63.
Ayacko – 12,904, Oketch – 5,315, Otieno – 194, Ogola – 60, Jobando – 44, Hodo – 8.