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ODM wins in closely fought Bonchari poll

The Orange Democratic Movement, United Democratic Alliance and the Jubilee Party were last evening engaged in a tight battle for the Bonchari parliamentary seat as the ODM recorded an early lead.

Unconfirmed provisional results showed ODM flag bearer Pavel Oimeke leading in 91 out of 102 polling stations with 7,141 votes, followed by UDA's Teresia Bitutu with 6,595 while Jubilee Party's Zebedeo Opore had garnered 6,486 votes.

ODM which regarded as the dominant party in Nyanza, was seeking to get its first National Assembly seat in Kisii County after emerging empty handed in 2017 General Election despite bagging the gubernatorial, senatorial and women rep slots.

UDA, whch is associated with Deputy President William Ruto, has been testing the waters in recent by elections to gauge the Deputy President's popularity ahead of the 2022 elections.

Ruto and his handlers were keen to use the Bonchari by election, which followed death of MP John Oroo Oyioka,to penetrate ODM leader Raila Odinga's Nyanza's base.

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