The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) today announced the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) candidate Pavel Oimeke as the winner of the Bonchari by-elections which was held yesterday.
Oimeke won by 8,049 votes defeating his main rival, Zebedeo Opore of the ruling Jubilee Party, who had 7,279 votes.
Teresa Oroo, a rival of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), was third with 6,964 votes.Oimeke, who headed the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), defeated 12 competitors and was announced as Bonchari's new MP instead of Oyioka.
The number of competing candidates were 13 in and all of them was trying to fill vacant seat left by Oroo Oyioka who died due to COVID-19 in February.
On Tuesday, Oimeke had to go beyond what he described as a ‘scorching heat of intimidation and torture for many of his fans in order to achieve a pleasant victory’.
ODM party leader Raila Odinga has already congratulated Oiemeke on winning the seat.