Raila worry as Jubilee makes inroads at the Coast
08 March 2016, 19:58
Nairobi - Worrying times for the opposition as the ruling Jubilee Coalition makes serious inroads at the Coast.
The Malindi by election saw the opposition ODM cross over the line with their candidate Willy Mtengo seeing off Philip Charo of the ruling Jubilee Coalition to help them retain their place atop the Malindi tree.
The final tally was 15,582 to 9,243.
Despite victory, the worrying statistic was that the ruling Coalition, previously described as out of touch and unpopular in the Coastal regions garnered nearly 10,000 votes.
That is worrying for a perceived stronghold.
With the 2017 General Elections just around the corner, it seems that a month long tour by President Uhuru Kenyatta in the Coast and serious campaigns by DP William Ruto in Malindi have bourne fruit.
Worrying times for the opposition?
" Thanks Malindi for voting Charo with over 9000 votes despite voting malpractices at the behest of the compromised IEBC officials and the security," Majority Leader Aden Duale said of the result.
ODM Chairman Ali Hassan Joho on the other hand, was just happy to scrape home and fight another day.
" As we await the final results from IEBC, it is indeed clear that ODM remains the most popular in Malindi," he said.
Just as seen in Kericho where the opposition picked up huge numbers of votes, ODM will have to up the ante come the 2017 polls.
" The reality is that ODM risk being caught up at the Coast. They need to work overtime to extend the current gap which has been significantly closed," political analyst Michael Njenga told News24.
For now though, ODM will be happy to take the win to the bank.
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