8 November 2017

Kenya: Your Candidate Won With 37% Turnout, Jubilee Taunt Nasa

Kenyans on social media, led by leaders affiliated to the ruling Jubilee Party, are taking turns to scoff at the opposition's victory in Tuesday's Kitutu Chache Parliamentary by-election.

Ford-Kenya's Richard Onyonka emerged victorious in the polling exercise, garnering 10,122 votes, about 5,000 votes more than his closest challenger Jubilee's Kibagendi Anthony.

Other candidates in the race were ODM's Commando Kenani and Wiper's Andrew Morara.

With only 22,072 of the 59,017 registered voters turning up to vote on Tuesday, the turnout stood at 37 percent, a figure that had Kenyans on social media drawing parallels between the exercise and President Uhuru Kenyatta's win during the repeat October 26 elections.

Pongezi ndugu Onyonka for re-election in Kitutu Chache South. But beware; with 37% total voter turnout and your votes at 17% of registered voters, will your NRM principals celebrate or "resist" your victory? #ResistDoubleSpeak! pic.twitter.com/YxjKm4hXYf

- Ababu Namwamba, EGH (@AbabuNamwamba) November 8, 2017

Nasa says President @UKenyatta's win in October (98% of votes cast) wasn't legitimate because the turnout was 38%. Today, the same Nasa is celebrating a win (45% of votes cast) of one of its candidates in Kitutu Chache in an election with a 37% turnout. Intellectual dishonesty.

- Hon. Aden Duale (@HonAdenDuale) November 8, 2017

Congratulations, he got 17% in 37.4% turnout.. Very impressive Kitutu chache electorate for exercising their democratic right.

- Mandela Devis (@mandeladev) November 8, 2017

With 37% voter turnout in Kitutu Chache & Onyonka winning with 17% is he legitimately elected or Kitutu chache should #Resist

- PETER AMBUKA (@p_ambuka) November 8, 2017

So yesterday Richard Onyonka was elected Kitutu Chache MP on a Ford Kenya ticket with 17% of the total votes and a 37% turnout. Over to you, resistance battalion 😂

- Dan Kogei (@DannyKogei) November 8, 2017

Now that the voter turnout in Kitutu Chache South was 37% shared among 6 candidates, does it mean the elected MP lacks legitimacy coz 63% never voted? OK map same argument to Oct 26th election. @kipmurkomen @KTNNews @citizentvkenya @NTVnewsroom

- Chriss Kibett (@kibettck) November 8, 2017

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