Migori by-election: Eddy Oketch concedes defeat to Ochillo Ayacko


Migori by-election: Eddy Oketch concedes defeat to Ochillo Ayacko
FPK candidate in the concluded Migori senatorial by-election , Eddy Oketch, reads his concession speech on Monday October 9, 2018. PHOTO/GEORGE JUMA

In Summary

  • The Federal Party of Kenya (FPK) candidate said there was slight interference with the election.
  • He, however, acknowledged Ayacko’s victory and urged him to work towards uniting the people of Migori County.
  • Ochillo Ayacko won the Migori senatorial race after garnering 85,234 votes while Eddy Oketch came second with 60,555 votes.

Eddy Oketch has conceded defeat to Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) candidate Ochillo Ayacko in the just concluded Migori senatorial by-election.

Addressing the press on Tuesday morning, the Federal Party of Kenya (FPK) candidate said there was slight interference with the election but, however, acknowledged Ayacko’s victory and urged him to work towards uniting the people of Migori County.

“Yesterday during the election exercise I complained on several occasions to the media, IEBC and county security agencies about the invasion of polling stations by numerous non-Migori ODM leaders. The world knows what happened in this by-election,” reads the statement.

“My sole purpose for contesting this seat was to bring unity and peace in Migori County. I believe in these two as recipe for development and it is my single hope that the senator elect Hon. Ochillo Ayacko will put deliberate effort to unite the great people of Migori County.”

Mr. Oketch also appreciated his supporters and campaign team for standing firm with him, adding that the people of Migori “have become the face of fighting for electoral justice, democracy and alternative leadership in Kenya.”

Ochillo Ayacko won the Migori senatorial race after garnering 85,234 votes while Eddy Oketch came second with 60,555 votes.

The total number of votes cast were 147,740, which translates to 38 percent voter turn out.

Out of the eight constituencies in Migori County Mr. Oketch only won in Uriri sub-county where he got 14,291 votes.

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