In Summary
  • Jubilee Party's candidate McDonald Mariga said he was "more than confident" he would win the seat which has been in the hands of politician Raila Odinga's party, ODM.
  • ODM, whose candidate is the late Okoth's brother, Bernard Imran Okoth, also said it was sure it would win.
  • Amani National Congress (ANC) candidate Eliud Owalo said he was "just waiting to be sworn-in as the next Kibra legislator ass I see nothing but a victory".

Three top candidates in the Kibra by-election have all expressed confidence that they will emerge winners in the by-election.

The much anticipated vote took place on Thursday, with polling stations closing minutes past 5pm, as announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Twenty three candidates vied for the seat left vacant by the death of MP Ken Okoth, but voter turnout was low.

CONFIDENCE

Jubilee Party's candidate McDonald Mariga said he was "more than confident" he would win the seat which has been in the hands of politician Raila Odinga's party, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

“There was tension in the morning but [calm returned]. The presence of police restored normalcy. I am confident of winning but if I lose I will accept the results,” he said.

Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali echoed his party’s candidate in saying they were sure of a landslide victory.

“I am sure majority of the voters decided Mariga will be their next MP. Our candidate will win by 7pm,” he said.

Kibra voters

Kibra residents queue to vote at Ayany Primary School during the by-election on November 7, 2019. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

'ODM TERRITORY'

ODM, whose candidate is the late Okoth's brother, Bernard Imran Okoth, also said it was sure it would win.

The party's officials said the election process was in line with their projections following an opinion poll.

Suna East MP Junet Mohamed, who is ODM's Director of Elections, told a press briefing at DC grounds in Kibra that their candidate would win.

“Whatever happens, we are sure of a win. We are highlighting that the IEBC was not prepared for the election but we are not doubting whether we will win. We are confident we will win," he said.

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