Abdulswamad Nassir Elected Mombasa Governor
ODM’s Abdulswamad Nassir has been elected as governor, of Mombasa county after garnering 119,083 votes against his closest rival UDA’s Hassan Omar who got 98,108 votes.
Early Tuesday morning, tallied results from nearly all the constituencies in Mombasa showed the ODM candidate in the lead in the gubernatorial race.
Mombasa Independent, Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Returning Officer Swalha Yusuf officially declared Abdulswamad the winner.
He takes over from former governor Hassan Joho, who has served for the maximum two-term limit allowed in the constitution.
Other candidates were Awiti Bollo Hezron (875), William Kingi (712), Shafi Makazi (633), Said Abdallalla (338) and Daniel Kitsao (402).
Mr Nassir thanked his supporters for turnout which ensured ODM retained the seat held by Governor Hassan Joho who is serving his second and final term.
“We had the strategies that won over those of our competitors. But I am the first to now extend an olive branch so that we work for the betterment of Mombasa,” Mr Nassir said.
Malala Concedes defeat in Kakamega
ODM’s Fernandes Barasa was Tuesday also declared the winner in the Kakamega governor race after garnering 192,768 votes against his closest challenger Malala who got 59,275 votes.
Malala has conceded debate and urged his supporters to accept that he lost fairly to his opponent.
“Hakuna kura iliibiwa. Don’t be lied to, no votes were stolen. The results are valid and I accept them,” Malala noted.
The election which was postponed twice by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) recorded a low voter turnout.
Barasa won in all the constituencies in the southern region and two others in the northern region, while Malala won in all constituencies in the central and northern regions.