Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru looks poised to clinch the Kirinyaga County Jubilee gubernatorial ticket where tallying is still on.
As of Tuesday morning, Ms Waiguru was leading the race with results from 313 stations out of 315.
She had garnered 102,927 votes ahead of Kirinyaga Central MP Gachoki Gitari who had 44,745 votes.
Sitting Governor Joseph Ndathi had only 19,078.
The results that put Ms Waiguru ahead of her competitors sparked mixed reactions on social media as the former CS has been at the centre of the controversial National Youth Service scandal.
Some lauded the people of Kirinyaga for exercising democracy while others condemned the move to select a candidate who has been linked to corruption.
Hamid Sheikh posted “Democracy dictates; People Choose. Kirinyaga people choice is the price we pay for this: ‘DEMOCRAZY!’”.
“People from Kirinyaga County have said it’s Waiguru, but it’s people from other Counties who didn’t even reg(ister) as voters that are complaining,” @iamjoseh said while Joseph Limo posted that there is a reason my the people of Kirinyaga believe in Ms Waiguru.
Should Ms Waiguru clinch the Jubilee ticket, the race for the Kirinyaga County top job is likely to turn into an all-woman battle as she will face Narc Kenya’s Martha Karua.
The highly agricultural county is Kenya’s biggest rice producer among tea, coffee and horticulture.