By-elec­tions win by ODM are no threat to Ju­bilee

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

A few days ago, the IEBC con­ducted four civic by-elec­tions in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try. Bear­ing in mind that we have less than 10 months to the gen­eral elec­tion, this is likely the last elec­tion the out­go­ing com­mis­sion­ers will over­see. Although the Is­sack Has­san-led team has handed in res­ig­na­tion let­ters, it is ex­pected that they will leave of­fice by mid-De­cem­ber af­ter hand­ing over to the new team. This will avoid a vac­uum in the com­mis­sion. In the by-elec­tions, it was clear the af­fair was a two-horse race pitting Ju­bilee against ODM. ODM left noth­ing to chance. The lead­ers per­son­ally lead the cam­paigns and won three seats. They said this was a dress re­hearsal for 2017. Suna MP Junet Mo­hamed said the vic­to­ries show the time for Pres­i­dent Uhuru Kenyatta and DP Wil­liam Ruto was up. I think they were too quick to think so. ODM only re­tained the seats, and the dif­fer­ence in the tally was not so huge to worry any­one.

JOSEPH NDONGA Nairobi

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