A former senior NSIS officer Richard Kelele has won the ODM ticket to vie for the Kilgoris parliamentary seat in the forthcoming general election.
Kelele got 8,649 votes against his main challenger Joel Tasur's 5,707 while Janet Naserian got 2 104 in the results announced by the returning officer Pius Kankano this morning.
Kelele, who holds a Masters degree in transformational leadership from the United States International University (USIU) promised to make use of the 24 years experience he has served as an officer in the Kenya Navy and the NSIS for the benefit of the area residents.
"I would like to thank the people of Kilgoris constituency for the honour they have bestowed on me to be able to vie for the Kilgoris parliamentary seat on an ODM ticket and I am sure of winning this seat," said Kelele.
However his main rival Joel Tasur disputed the results saying that according to his tallying he had garnered 8 970 votes against Kelele's 8 440 votes and that the ODM party should handover the nomination certificate to him.
"I am calling on the ODM party headquarters to order a recount for the Kilgoris constituency votes to ensure fairness otherwise it will loose the support it enjoys on the ground because I believe I should have been declared the winner," said Tasur.
Naserian said the exercise was fair and that Kelele had won fairly. She promised to work with him to ensure that the party won the Kilgoris parliamentary seat in the forthcoming general election.
Kankano said that the exercise that started at 11 AM yesterday went on smoothly except at Mashangwa polling centre in Angata Barikoi ward where the nomination results were cancelled after serious anomalies were detected.
"The ballot papers arrived at 1 AM last night and were kept at the police station and we later found out that three county assembly wards namely Shankoe, Kimintet and Angata Barikoi had inadequate ballot papers," said Kankano.
He said that after consultation with the party headquarters they were told to improvise ballot paers in which they produced 10,000 photocopies per ward in order for the exercise to be carried out as it was expected.