ODM PRIMARIES IN THE LAKE REGION

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The nomination exercise of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) in the Luo Nyanza region kicked off on 24th April with a litmus test in Migori and Homabay Counties. Siaya and Kisumu Counties then followed on 25th.The primaries in these counties had one similarity; they were all marred with violence save for Siaya County.

Firstly, in Homabay County, the residents of Homabay town took to the street after the incumbent governor Cyprian Awiti was declared the winner of the gubernatorial race.Awiti had been declared winner after he was purported to have garnered 46,346 votes against the outgoing Kasipul MP Oyugi Magwanga who had 14,661 votes.

The final results caught the Homabay County residents with disguise since Oyugi Magwanga had been leading throughout the counting period only for Awiti to be declared the winner. Adding insult to the injury, the number of total votes cast could hardly exceed 20,000.In addition,the senatorial race had been won by the incumbent Moses Kanjwang’ with a mere less than 1200 votes. These are the indicators that democracy had been raped hence prompting the residents to protests that saw the ODM’s National Elections Board cancel the gubernatorial results.

The same fiasco was witnessed in Migori County with two competitors incumbent governor Okoth Obado and former minister Ochilo Ayako being declared winners by different returning officers in the gubernatorial race.On one hand, Mr Samson Olala who was one of the returning officers declared the incumbent governor Okoth Obado as the one who won the primaries by 110,142 votes beating his fiercest opponent Ochilo Ayacko who managed 59,446 votes. On the other hand,a returning officer by the name Tom Otike later emerged and released parallel results showing that Ayacko had beaten Obado by 110,350 votes against 68,000 votes. In the long run, the Migori County gubernatorial results too were canceled by the ODM’s National Elections Board pending investigations into the matter.

In Kisumu County, the incumbent senator Prof.Anyang’ Nyong’o was yesterday declared the winner of the gubernatorial primaries after he garnered 164,110 votes to beat his rival,the incumbent Governor Jack Ranguma, who managed 96,480 votes.In the same county, the incumbent Women Representative Rose Nyamunga lost to her only opponent Rosa Buyu in the hotly contested race.Rosa Buyu got 141,990 votes while Nyamunga got 82,686 votes.

However, chaos erupted when the current Kisumu central MP was announced the winner of the Kisumu central constituency primaries.The residents of Kisumu city took to the street to protests the declaration. Just like in Homabay town, the residents locked heads with the police who sprayed them with tear gas to disperse them.So far, the ODM top elections board has not communicated anything on the stablemate.

Surprisingly, in Siaya County, the seasoned politicians such the deputy leader of minority in the National Assembly Jakoyo Midiwo and Oburu Odinga who is the elder brother of the former prime minister both bow out of the race after they were knocked out at the ballot forcing them to take humble pies. For instance, in Gem Elisha Odhiambo humiliated area MP Jakoyo Midiwo in the ODM primaries with 13,400 votes against 8,950; Midiwo has so far disputed the results whereas  Nominated MP Oburu Oginga failed to clinch Bondo ODM ticket after being floored by incumbent Gideon Ochanda with 28,446 votes against 4000.

Finally, Senator James Orengo, Governor Cornel Rasanga and Women Representative  Christine Ombaka were successful in beating their rivals in the Siaya County Nominations.The incumbent governor Rasanga defeated the Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo .
Charles Domnic

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