ODM and Jubilee to face-off in first by-election

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga. /COURTESY

Tallying is till ongoing in the presidential race after Kenyans cast their votes on Tuesday, August 8, in what has been termed as the most excruciating political process in the country’s history.

But even before the elections come to a close, considering the winner of the presidential has not been announced, at least not officially, residents of a ward in Kwale is dealing with an anticlimax as two arch rivals will be subjected to a by election three months from now.

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Uhuru Kenyatta when he visited Kwale during campaigns. PHOTO: DAILYOBSERVER

The battle between two County Rep candidates, one from Jubilee Party and the other from ODM, reached a deadlock leaving IEBC with no option but declare a tie. The two received equal number of votes in the final tally.

Juma Maone (Jubilee Party) garnered 2600 votes and so did Omar Hamisi of the Raila Odinga-led ODM party. They were fighting for the control of Kinondo ward in Kwale county.

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Prior to the final announcement, Maone of Jubilee had been handed the certificate for being ahead albeit minutely. The certificate was however revoked because it emerged that some results were yet to arrive for final tallying.

Once they trickled in, it emerged that the two aspirants had reached dead heat with exactly 2600 votes each.

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According to the constitution, Zipo.co.ke has learnt, any two aspirants who have tied in the number of votes will be subjected to a by-election on three months’ time so as to find a clear winner.