, KIRINYAGA, Kenya, Feb 16 – PNU candidate Joseph Gachoki was on his way to victory in the Kirinyaga Central by-election garnering 17,530 votes against 14,417 polled by Daniel Karaba of Narc Kenya with results from 46 out of 50 centres.
DP\’s Mwaniki Henry Muriuki had 959, KNC\’s Beth Wambura 841 and SDP\’s Peter Murimi 377.
With only votes from six polling stations remaining, the Party of National Unity has a clear lead with the candidate garnering 16,285 votes against Narc Kenya\’s 13,985 votes.
After votes from 35 polling stations PNU\’s Joseph Gachoki had 12,342 while Narc Kenya\’s Daniel Karaba 9,928. DP\’s Henry Muriuki came a distant third with 679 votes from 27 out of 50 polling stations.
With results from more than half of the 50 polling stations, PNU candidate Joseph Gachoki had 8,656 votes while Narc Kenya\’s Daniel Karaba had 6,677, while DP\’s Henry Muriuki came third with 484 votes from 27 out of 50 polling stations.
With results from 18 polling stations out of 50, results were as follows from the Kirinyaga Central by-election.
PNU -Gitari Joseph Gachoki 5027, Narc K – Karaba Daniel Dickson 3681, KNC – Ngunyi Beth Wambura 240, DP – Mwaniki Henry Muriuki 219, SDP- Ngari Peter Murimi 73, PPK – Mwai Duncan Muraguri 35, Ford K – Njeru Samuel Kagoiyo 24.
With results from 11 polling stations, the battle in the Kirinyaga Central by-election was neck and neck between Narck Kenya and the Party of National Unity, with PNU candidate Gitari Joseph Gachoki polling 2,864 votes against Karaba Daniel Dickson of Narc Kenya with 2,844 votes.
KNC\’s Ngunyi Beth Wambura had 187 votes with results from 11 polling stations out of 50, Mwaniki Henry Muriuki of DP 162 votes, and SDP\’s Ngari Peter Murimi 31 votes.
Others were PPK\’s Mwai Duncan Muraguri 18 votes, and Njeru Samuel Kagoiyo of Ford-K 15 votes.
The area\’s returning officer Teresia Mwai said that she expected voters in the constituency to know their new Member of Parliament by 9pm on Wednesday.
She said voting had witnessed a relatively good turnout with most centres recording between 60 and 76 percent turnout of the registered voters.
Ms Mwai further said they were looking into claims of voter buying as had been alleged by some of the candidates.