Kenya’s by-elections

Three by-elections were conducted in Kenya on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, following the demise of the seat holders early this year.

The mini polls were perceived as testing waters for three Kenyan political bigwigs, President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and the opposition chief Raila Odinga.

Pavel Oimeke of Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party clinched Bonchari’s parliamentary seat with 9049 votes. Jubilee’s Zebedeo Opore came second with 7279 votes, and the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate Teresa Bitutu emerged third with 6964 votes. The UDA IS associated with William Ruto.

At the same time, UDA’s Francis Muraya won Rurii ward by-elections after garnering 4303 votes against Jubilee’s Peter Thinji, who got 3,143.

In the Juja constituency, the counting of votes was stopped after supporters of the contestants exchanged blows accusing each other of vote fraud.

However, the electoral commission official confirmed on Wednesday morning that the counting process has resumed.

Juja’s race pitted Jubilee’s Susan Njeri Waititu, the widow of the late area MP Francis ‘Wakapee’ Waititu, against George Koimburi of PEP.

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