IEBC set October 8 for the Migori senator by-election

IEBC set October 8 for the Migori senator by-election

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IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati

IEBC has set October 8 as the date for the Migori senator by-election following Ben Oluoch’s death.

The commission announced on Tuesday that the Central Sakwa North MCA (Siaya) vote will also take place on this date.

Oluoch succumbed to throat cancer at MP Shah Hospital in Nairobi on June 19.

The former Ramogi and KBC presenter surprised his opponents when he won the August 8, 2017 election as he had not been campaigning actively.

Three aspirants from the Kuria community have declared interest in succeeding Oluoch at the August House. They are former ODM county chairman John Magaiwa, journalist Matiko Bohoko, and businessman Solomon Hodo.

Hodo came third in last year’s poll while Bohoko unsuccessfully sought the ODM ticket in 2013 and 2017.

There is also word in the constituency that former governor aspirant Ochilo Ayako is tipped for election as Oluoch’s replacement.

This followed his decision to withdraw the petition challenging the election of his rival Okoth Obado. The two reached a truce after Raila mediated to end their row.

The family of the deceased had asked Opposition leader Raila Odinga to give his eldest son, Willis, a direct ticket to vie for the seat.

Willis said: “Migori people gave my father a five-year contract. He had a vision to achieve which I’m ready to [fulfill].”

Senators James Orengo (Siaya), Irungu Kang’ata (Murang’a) and Mutula Kilonzo Jnr (Makueni) urged Raila to consider the plea.

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