Jubilee Party candidate Joseph Mung’ara Githinji won the Muguga Ward by-election held on Thursday, 15th July.
Githinji defeated Peter Thumbi of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party with a small margin of 27 votes.
In the results, which were announced on Friday morning, 16th July, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared Githinji the winner after garnering 4,089 votes against UDA’s Thumbi, who got 4,062.
Moses Gichau of the Thirdway Alliance and People’s Party of Kenya (PPK) candidate Peter Njoroge came a distant third and fourth with only 49 and 32 votes, respectively.
Muguga Ward in Kiambu County, which attracted the four candidates, had 18,374 registered voters.
A total of 8, 342 ballots were cast, with 110 being rejected. The IEBC reported a voter turnout of 45.40 per cent.
The seat was left vacant in March 2021 following the death of Eliud Ngugi, who succumbed to Covid-19 complications.
Meanwhile, in the Kiambaa parliamentary by-election, the IEBC suspended vote tallying on Friday morning following protests by Jubilee candidate Kariri Njama, who claimed the vote had been rigged in favour of his UDA competitor, John Njuguna Wanjiku.
The UDA was leading with only one station remaining. The IEBC has yet to officially declare the winner in the hotly contested by-election.
The Muguga Ward and Kiambaa constituency polls have been described as a do-or-die affair for Jubilee and UDA ahead of the 2022 General Election.