, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4 – Twelve candidates vying for county assembly wards have been declared automatic winners in the 2013 General Election.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Issack Hassan told journalists that the 12 would be gazetted as winners unopposed, since their positions were not contested.
He pointed out that five of those candidates were vying on an Orange Democratic Movement ticket, while five others sought the seats on a United Republican Party ticket and the remaining two on The National Alliance party.
“These are areas where they will be no voting because the candidates are unopposed. Effectively they will be the first 12 candidates to be elected under the new Constitution,” he said.
The 12 are Emoi Yakub Hassan, Hassan Abdullahi Maalim, Shabure Barre Mohammed, Ibrahim Ahmed Abdi and Wariyo Ibrahim Ali from Mandera County.
Others are Njenga John Magua, Koech Joseph Kipketer, Madialo Sylvester Otieno, Osano Joseph Arwa, Ooro Michael Owino, Asiga Ronald Kinap and Osongo Michael Odhiambo from Kiambu, Uasin Gishu, Siaya, Kisumu, Homabay and Migori Counties respectively.
Hassan was vying for the Banissa ward, while Maalim, Mohammed, Abdi and Ali were seeking the Guba, Kiliwehiri, Wargadud and Shimbir Fatuma wards.
Magua was vying for the Karai seat, while Kipketer, Otieno, Arwa, Owino, Kinap and Odhiambo were vying for Kipsomba, Usonga, Chemelil, Rusinga Island, Wasimbete and Central Kanyamkago wards.
“Their election will be pronounced unopposed and their names gazetted in due course,” explained Hassan.
Voting across the country is still ongoing although the commission experienced a few hitches in several areas.
The commission has also cancelled voting in four county assembly wards due to irregularities in the ballot papers. The elections were postponed to March 11.
“These wards are in Kuria East Constituency where we have Nyabasi West and Goke Haraka ward, then we have Bunyala South and Gwasi North County Assembly wards together with Samburu North,” he explained.