Unfair! Awiti, Kajwang backers protest ODM’s Homa Bay results

Unfair! Awiti, Kajwang backers protest ODM’s Homa Bay results
An ODM supporter from Homabay County wearing a T-shirt showing the county they represent. PHOTO: George Aoko

Drama unfolded in Homa Bay County Tuesday morning after supporters of gubernatorial aspirant and Kasipul MP Oyugi Magwanga contested Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party primary results.

Sitting Homa Bay governor Cyprian Awiti was declared winner, garnering 46,346 votes against Oyugi’s 14,661 – results that Oyugi’s supporters claim are doctored.

According to Oyugi’s chief agent, Lameck Okeyo, some returning officers refused to relay results for final tallying.

Okeyo also questioned the disparity between the senatorial and gubernatorial posts, with Senator Moses Kajwang managing 1,948 votes against Fred Rabongo’s 754 votes.

Kajwang and Awiti supporters took to the streets to protest the results, arguing that due process was not followed. They claimed that winners were announced even though some polling centres failed to deliver results to the regional tallying centre.

An ODM nomination certificate is highly coveted in the region, as a party ticket is viewed as a near direct win.

The Party’s National Elections Board is yet to release a statement about the poll doctoring claims.

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