Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The 11 June 2008 Kenya Parliamentary and Civic By Elections Results

The 11 June 2008 Kenya Parliamentary and Civic By Elections passed relative peacefully. Five Parliamentary constituency seats were contested in conjunction with approximately 53 civic seats. The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) retained Ainamoi, Wajir North and Emuhaya constituencies but lost Embakasi and Kilgoris to the Party of National Unity (PNU).

Key Results:
Ainamoi – (ODM retained seat) – Benjamin Langat* Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) 17, 276 votes. Benjamin Langat is the brother of the former Ainamoi MP David Kimutai Too was assassinated during the 2007 Post Kenya General Elections crisis.
Wajir North – (ODM retained seat) Mohamed Gadow – Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) 5,759 votes. Result was not declared during the December 2007 Kenya Elections.
Emuhaya – (ODM retained seat) Wilbur Otichilo Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) 10, 947 votes. Former MP Kenneth Marende was elected as the Speaker of the National Assembly.
Embakasi – (PNU gains seat from ODM) Ferdinand Waititu –Party Of National Unity (PNU) 36, 436 votes . Former MP Mugabe Were was assasinated during the 2007 Post Kenya Elections crisis.
Kilgoris – (PNU gains seat from ODM) Gideon Konchella Party Of National Unity (PNU) 33, 440 votes.
Useful background:
The Standard Nairobi 12 June 2008 – ‘ODM clinches 3 seats in by-elections, PNU takes 2’ (Standard Team) with additional reporting by Stephen Ndegwa, Maseme Machuka and James Ratemo.
The Nation Nairobi 13 June 2008 – ‘Top Parties Share Spoils’ by the Nation Team with additional reporting by Lucas Barasa, Muchemi Wachira, Jackline Moraa, Samwel Kumba, Oliver Mathenge, Patrick Mayoyo, Walter Menya, Sollo Kiragu and Cosmas Butunyi. The article points out that ODM has 103 seats to PNU’s 45 seats. it also reports the death in a plane crash of two ODM MPs Sotik’s constituency MP Ms Lorna Laboso and Bomet MP Mr Kipkalya Kones on 11th June 2008.

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) – 12 June 2008 PPS – ‘By Elections Winners Congratulated.’ The article quotes Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki congratulating the winners of the by-elections.

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