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Kibra poll: Imran Okoth leads, Mariga second

Friday November 8 2019

Imran at Kibra by-election

Bernard Imran Okoth, ODM party's candidate for the Kibra by-election, votes at Old Kibra Primary School on November 7, 2019. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Orange Democratic Movement’s Imran Okoth is on the verge of clinching the Kibra parliamentary seat.

Preliminary results from 123 out of 183 polling stations show that the ODM candidate is leading with 17,162 votes.

Jubilee’s McDonald Mariga is second with 6,839 votes while Mr Eliud Owalo of Amani National Congress is third after garnering 3,350 votes. Mr Mariga, has however conceded defeat.

ODM Director of Elections Junet Mohamed (left)

ODM Director of Elections Junet Mohamed (left) Nominated MP Maina Kamanda and Homa Bay Woman Rep Gladys Wanga at the tallying centre in Kibra on November 7, 2019. PHOTO | CECIL ODONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The contest had been considered by Deputy President William Ruto as a dry run for the 2022 General Election.

Dr Ruto is seeking to shore up his support base by making inroads in ODM leader Raila Odinga’s turf.

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While the DP has openly expressed interest in succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022, Mr Odinga has not done so, saying it is still too early to start talking about 2022.

Earlier, ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna exuded confidence that the Orange Party's candidate would win the seat.

Kibra polls

ODM chairman John Mbadi (second right) and other party leaders at the tallying centre in Kibra on November 7, 2019. PHOTO | CECIL ODONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

“We have won the Kibra seat, as per our tally. We are only waiting for the official declaration of results and handing over of certificate to our candidate,” Mr Sifuna said.

Report by Collins Omulo and Cecil Odongo