, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 7 – Provisional results by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission declared Aaron Cheruiyot of the Jubilee Alliance Party Senator-elect in Kericho, as the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party reclaimed its territory in Malindi during Monday’s by-elections.
Cheruiyot garnered 109,034 votes against 56,243 polled by KANU’s Kipkorir Sang in 622 out of 632 polling centres.
Daniel Kipkorir of the National Vision Party came in third with 769 votes while Wycliffe Kepkemoi (MDP) got 497 votes. Paul Kipyegon of UDM garnered 470 votes while David Kipkoech (ND) managed 425.
Ruto vs Ruto Kericho war that never was; Malindi remains ODM
In Malindi, ODM’s William Mtengo won the poll with 15,582 votes against 9,243 garnered by Philip Charo of JAP in all 100 centres.
The other contenders in the race include Attas Sharif Ali of (LPK) who has 1,547 votes and Reuben Katana of KADU Asili who got 353 votes.
Counting of ballots got underway promptly after polls closed at 5pm in a day that was marked by counter-claims of voter bribery.
Capital FM News reporters and correspondents covering the by -elections in the two areas indicated that voting closed as scheduled.
But despite the accusations traded by politicians, voters interviewed expressed confidence that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) would ensure fairness in the final outcome.
The Kericho Senate contest was billed as a supremacy battle between Deputy President William Ruto, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi of KANU and Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto.
In Malindi constituency, Mtengo of the Orange Democratic Movement party succeeded in replacing Dan Kazungu who was poached by Jubilee to be Mining Cabinet Secretary.