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Nyagarama wins Nyamira governor ODM ticket as rivals protest

Nyamira Governor John Nyagarama has won the ODM ticket in controversial nominations marred with protests from his two competitors.

Mr Nyagarama garnered 17,487 votes against Dr James Gesami and Dr John Kumenda who got 12,126 and 939 respectively.

Returning officer Thaddeus Nyachwaya announced results at Kebirigo tallying centre without six polling centres whose figures had not come in by 6am.

“Results we received from 78 centres [are] substantial in determining a winner. Figures from the six polling centres which we did not get will not make any [difference],” Nyachwaya said.

Dr Gesami boycotted the elections, saying he cannot participate in a flawed nomination process.

He claimed his agents from Mr Nyagarama’s strongholds were chased away.

“The registers used were not genuine and in many polling centres, elections did not take off. I have pulled out of this flawed nomination process and I will seek redress elsewhere,” he told the returning officer on Tuesday evening as he protested the way the nominations were conducted.

NO VOTING

His sentiments were shared by another aspirant, Dr Kumenda, who alluded that voting did not take place in many polling centres in Kitutu Masaba, his home turf.

“I was unable to vote for myself since no register was [provide] at my polling centre,” he said.

Elections in a number of polling centres like Nyamira Primary School continued on Tuesday night despite a heavy downpour in the area.

The elections process was slow as clerks strained to look for names of voters from registers that had tiny fonts.

In addition, there was no consistency in the registers used as some centres used only the IEBC list while others used the ODM one, yet others used both.

Only West Mugirango Constituency conducted parliamentary nominations.

Mr Julius Matwere was declared the winner after receiving 1,207 votes against Dr Peter Omboga (906), Mr Dennis Anyoka (886) and Mr Polycarp Orero (147).

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