Jubilee’s Ahmed Kolosh wins Wajir West polls

Jubilee Party candidate Ahmed Kolosh has won the Wajir West parliamentary by-election.

Mr Kolosh garnered 11,053 votes against Kanu’s Sheikh Ibrahim 6,532 ballots.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission tallied results from all the 75 polling stations spread out in four wards: Arbajahan, Hadado/Athibohol, Adam Admasajide and Ganyure/Wagalla.

The by-election recorded more than 60 percent voter turnout with 17,606 votes having been cast.

The constituency has 27,544 registered voters.

Mr Sheikh has conceded defeat.
The tallying is being done at Griftu Primary School under tight security.

There were skirmishes at Wajir Girls High School and Habaswein polling stations earlier Thursday after the candidates’ supporters clashed over bribery claims.

The exercise was also hit by mass failure of the electronic biometric kits. Thus, voting was extended in the affected stations by one or two hours.