Only Beatrice Nyaga (Tharaka Nithi) Rose Mumo (Makueni), Joyce Akai Emanikor (Turkana), Sabina Chege, (Murang’a) Maison Leshoomo (Samburu), Janet Wanyama (Trans Nzoia), Rosalinda Tuya (Narok), Florence Mutua (Busia) and Christine Ombaka (Siaya), Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay) will return as women county reps after the 2017 election.
Of those returnees, Gladys Wanga was re-elected with a stunning 96 per cent of all valid votes cast, followed by Sabina Chege with 77 per cent of the vote. Florence Mutua at 71 per cent, Rose Mumo at 69 per cent, Beatrice Nyaga at 54 per cent and Christine Ombaka in Siaya at 51 per cent, while others garnered below 50 per cent registered voters in the counties.
By party, 16 County Women Representatives-elect came from the Nasa Coalition, 11 of which were ODM, while 25, more than half, were from Jubilee.
In Mandera, Amina Gedow Hassan was elected from the Economic Freedom Party, with 48 per cent of the valid votes cast, while in Meru County, an independent candidate, Kawira Mwangaza, beat incumbent Florence Kajuju of Jubilee. Ms Mwangaza garnered 277 972 votes to set aside the incumbent’s challenge by 47,995 votes, or 9 per cent of all votes cast.
Mario Leshoomo of Samburu defended her women representative seat in the Kanu in 2017, having won the ticket in 2013 on a TNA ticket, which was one of the constituent parties of the Jubilee coalition. The only other person to defend her seat while changing parties or coalitions, was Janet Wanyama of Trans Nzoia County, who moved from to Jubilee from New Ford Kenya, which was allied to Kanu, UDM and the National Vision Party in 2013.
In Uasin Gishu, former Registrar of the Judiciary Gladys Boss Shollei (Jubilee) won the County Women Representative position with 67 per cent of all votes cast, on a Jubilee ticket
The highest percentages of valid votes cast in an election for County Women rep was 96 per cent, in Nyandarua, Kiambu and Homa Bay Counties. Kiambu County is of special interest because it was the most gender equal county in terms of voters, with men outnumbering women by only 0.4 per cent.
In terms of overall voter turnout, counties from central Kenya topped. For example, the top counties in terms of voter turnout were Murang’a (86 per cent), Nyandarua, (85 per cent), Nyeri (85 per cent), Kirinyaga (85 per cent) and Siaya (81 per cent).