Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has issued a statement over the by-elections that were held in different parts the country on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
The opposition party through its Executive Director, Oduor Ongw’en has issued a statement congratulating all the winners in all by-elections that were held in the country yesterday.
Amani National Congress (ANC) party candidate Peter Nabulindo emerged the winner in Matungu by-election after garnering 14,260 votes. Orange Democratic Movement’s (ODM) party David Were came second with 10,565 while United Democratic Alliance’s (UDA) party candidate Alex Lanya came third with 5,513 votes.
“We congratulate all winners and celebrate our candidate in Matungu Constituency. Even though the result is not exactly what we had aimed for, coming a very strong second with close to 11,000 votes against 14,000 combined efforts for ANC, Ford-Kenya, KANU, and Wiper parties confirm that ODM remains the party to beat nationally.
“The local campaign team led by our Deputy Party Leader, Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, made us proud,” Ongw’en said.
In Kisii County, ODM candidate Malach Matara won the Kiamokama Ward seat while Andrew Sure finished third in Huruma Ward.
However, ODM did not field a candidate in Kabuchai, Bungoma County where Ford-Kenya’s Majimbo Kalasinga won the MP seat.
In his statement, the ODM’s Executive Director also condemned the violence that was witnessed in the by-elections.
“The degree of violence and intimidation visited upon hapless women and aged voters during the voting portends a very bleak future of our electoral democracy.
“This must not only be harshly condemned but calls for the State, IEBC, and political parties to introspect, rethink our democratic tenets, and retool. The law of the jungle should have no place in the choice of leadership in civilized politics,” Ongw’en said.