Nyanza defies six piece voting
08 March 2013, 17:53
Immediate former Kisumu West MP John Olago Aluoch retained his seat, defying a strong ODM wave in the Nyanza region.
Vying on a Ford Kenya ticket, Olago who is a lawyer by profession floored his bitter rival Rosa Buyu by garnering 22 946 votes against 21 049.
Olago who acrimoniously lost to Buyu in the ODM nominations becomes the third politician gunning for the member of National Assembly to defy the six- piece voting pattern in Luo Nyanza.
Olago’s supporters burst into celebrations even before he was declared winner by the constituency’s Returning Officer Hanson Mugo Tuesday night.
Buyu had aggressively campaigned after she secured an ODM ticket, and there had been indications that she would beat her arch-rival.
Rejected 'imposed leaders'
In his victory acceptance speech, Olago thanked the people of Kisumu West for ‘properly’ exercising their democratic right by rejecting ‘imposed leaders’.
He said he was ready to work together with Buyu in an effort to further develop the constituency.
In Kisumu Central, youthful and flamboyant Ken Obura (ODM) trounced his closest rival Abdulqadir Omar of Ford Kenya to become the constituency’s first MP.
Shakeel Shabir retained his Kisumu East seat on an ODM ticket.
Fredrick Outa also retained the Nyando parliamentary seat albeit with a small margin.
He beat Ford Kenya’s Jared Okello who has contested the results threatening to move to court.
In Muhoroni constituency, James Onyango K’oyoo of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) whitewashed his longtime rival Prof. Ayiecho Olweny.
K’oyoo had decamped to PDP after the ODM ticket was controversially handed to Prof Olweny in party primaries.
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