Kakamega county gubernatorial aspirant on an Orange Democratic Movement ticket, Fernandes Barasa has been declared the winner of the mini-election held on Monday August 29,2022.
The former Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) boss garnered 192,929 votes, followed by his closest opponent Cleophas Malala of the Amani National Congress (ANC) who got 159,508.
The total votes cast were 361,546 and 2,174 were rejected.
The governor-elect will succeed the outgoing county boss Wycliffe Oparanya who has served for two terms.
Other aspirants who lost to Barasa include; Cyrus Jirongo(UDP) with 5,974 votes, Michael Osundwa (Independent) with 1,146 votes, Suleiman Sumba( KANU)with 1,078 votes, Samuel Omukoko (MDP) with 761 votes, and Austin Opitso who got 150 votes.
The voting exercise which was characterized by incidences of violence and voter bribery, reported a low voter turn out.
Barasa in his speech lauded the county residents for exercising their democratic right and giving him a chance to serve as the second governor.