Ford People’s Zebedeo Opore wins Bonchari by-election

Ford People candidate in the Bonchari Constituency by-election Zebedeo Opore is the winner of the highly contested poll that had attracted seven candidates in total.

The results which were electronically transmitted from all polling stations started trickling in to the IEBC’s tallying centre in Itierio Boys Secondary school and by 11am Opore was leading the race by 10, 947 votes ahead of ODM”s John Oyioka with 6,977 votes followed closely by Wiper’s Charles Onyancha with 5,171 votes.

Other contenders were David Ogega of Democratic Party who garnered 683 votes, Paul Matagaro of the Kenya National Congress 545, Geoffrey Omwando (Kenya Social Congress) 84 and Charles Mogaka (Kenya Labour Party) with 42 votes.

Speaking to the media after his announcement, Opore expressed his happiness in capturing the seat promising to revive development projects that have stalled.

A total of 673 votes were rejected in the mini-poll that registered a 61% voter turnout.

Meanwhile, two men were on Monday evening being questioned over bribery allegations in the Bonchari by-election as candidates traded accusations of vote-buying. One of the suspects was arrested on suspicion of being registered in two constituencies.

Elsewhere in Igembe South former Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi’s UDF pulled a surprise, beating TNA to win Mau Ward seat after Duncan Miriti (UDF) beat Victor Mitine of TNA.