Ex- Garissa Deputy Speaker Abubakar Mohamed Shide has prevailed in the Masalani Ward seat in by-election that involved behind the scenes influential political leaders in the county.
Ijara IEBC Returning Officer Farah Abdi Ibrahim declared Mr. Shide winner, having gained 2,922 votes against his close opponent, Mr. Suleiman Abdullahi, Muktar who managed to garnered 2,870 votes. The November 7 by-election was held after the demise of ANC candidate Ibrahim Abdullahi in a road accident 33 days before August 8 elections.
Senior IEBC officials as well as Commissioner Abdi Guliye and Acting CEO Hussein Marjan were managing the ward election. Talking after the declaration of the outcome, Commissioner Guliye said the victor has a massive task to unite together all inhabitants, saying the elections have alienated people a lot.
While referring to occurrence where an elder was stabbed and gravely wounded during the election Prof Guliye said political contest should not be conflict-ridden but for progress.
“It is regrettable and upsetting [for people to fight] because of an MCA seat. This shows how the seat was ardently contested and as a consequence people were so separated and the winner should work extra hard to bring [them] together,” he said.
The ward by-election was a close contest with Ijara MP Sophia Abdinoor and her close political adversary, Ahmed Ibrahim Abass, who is the Garissa County Assembly Speaker, trying to test their power in the constituency.
The constituency is looked upon as swing vote region and thus the ward by-election attracted senior politicians in the county with Deputy Governor Abdi Dagane being the face of Mr Shide’s campaigns.