County Assembly Speaker election ends in disarray after youth run away with votes

MIGORI COUNTY ASSEMBLY [PHOTO | COURTSEY]

Migori County Assembly Speaker election ended in disarray after a group of rowdy youth stormed the house, when the counting of votes, garnered by the contestants in the race for Speaker, David Kerario and Boaz Okoth, was ongoing on Thursday, August 31.

The clerks of Migori County Assembly had already counted 28 votes for Kerario out of the total – 56 – when the youth stormed the house and demanded that vote counting stops.

The rowdy youth broke into the house after overpowering security officers, who were manning the County Assembly premises.

After gaining access to the House, the youth ran away with the votes that had been cast.

The Members of Migori County Assembly were forced to leave the House, when tension grew.

A reinforcement of police officers was deployed to the County Assembly.

The votes garnered by Boaz Okoth had not been counted, when the chaos erupted. The Speaker election had gone to the Second Round.

In the First Round, where ten candidates ran for the County Assembly Speaker seat, Kerario topped with 25 votes followed by Boaz Okoth, who got 21 votes.

Edward Ocholla came third with eight votes, whereas Enos Nyawata and Evance Achar tied with one vote each.

The remaining candidates got zero votes.

The incident elicited mixed reactions, with MCAs, who were opposed to Kerario candidature, supporting the youth attack, saying: “they won’t allow Kerario to be the Speaker of Migori County Assembly.”

A section of Kerario supporters insisted their “imminent victory won’t be stolen”.

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