KISII – The Orange Democratic Movement party (ODM) has finally gotten a legislator in the National Assembly from Kisii County after Pavel Robert Oimeke’s won in Bonchari Constituency by-election.
This is after the constituency fell vacant upon the death of immediate former MP on People’s Democratic Movement party John Oroo.
The by-election attracted candidature from big parties like ODM’s Oimeke, Zebedeo Opore (Jubilee party) and Teresa Bitutu Oroo (United Democratic Alliance – UDA).
In the hostly contested seat, Oimeke garnered 8,049 votes to win against his closest rivals Opore 7,279 and Bitutu (Oroo’s widow) 6,964 votes.
The by-election saw ODM pitch camp in Bonchari led by Secretary General Edwin Sifuna, Kisii Governor James Ongwae, Women Representative Janet Ongera and Members of County Assembly among others.
The party had earlier accused the state of meddling in the election by using national government administration officers to campaign for the Jubilee candidate.
This was followed by police officers storming Governor Ongwae’s home days to the election over claims he was holding an illegal meeting.
But Returning Officer Benson Ambuko declared the former Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority ( EPRA) Managing Director Oimeke MP-elect.
According to IEBC, Bonachari has 52,955 registered voters and 26,526 that translates to 50 percent turned up and voted.
Other candidates who took part in the by-election were Jonah Onkendi (The new Democrats) 1374 votes, Eric Oigo (National Reconstruction Alliance) 1,169 votes and David Ogega (Kenya Social Congress) 939 votes.
Others were Jeremiah Atancha – Agano party, Mary Otara – UGM, Paul Matagaro – Mwangaza Tu, Charles Ndege – PPK, Kevin Mosomi – PDU, Margaret Gesare Nyabuto – Maendeleo Chap Chap and Victor Omanwa – Party of Economic Democracy.
ODM did not get a single slot for member of parliament elected in the region in the 2017 election with only Women Representative Janet Ongera representing the party in the National Assembly from Kisii.