A 24-year-old independent candidate from Igembe South is set to be Kenya’s youngest ever member of parliament.
John Paul Mwirigi who carried out his campaigns on a boda boda and had no posters for lack of money is heading to Parliament.
According to the provisional results released by Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission, Mwirigi leads the race with 18,659 votes translating to 39.09 percent of the total votes cast.
His closest rival is Jubilee Party’s Joseph Miriti Mwereria who has 15,635 votes representing 32.76 percent of the votes cast.
“We decided to elect him. He had no money for campaigns but he offered good pledges and his manifesto was good,” said an unidentified resident.
The toddler in politics promised to build roads, supply water and invest in education.
He noted how hard and challenging it was for him to get an education as he campaigned to voters. Mwirigi is an orphan who is said to have gone to a day school through the help of well wishers. That made his story more appealing to the people.
His victory has been attributed to him being relatable to the people and his door-to-door campaign strategy which had him speaking to almost every voter.
He was never taken seriously by other contestants but has now dealt each and every one of them a huge blow.
John Paul Mwirigi is currently a student at Mount Kenya University and will be one of the youngest legislators in the next Parliament
Meru County is becoming notorious for producing young parliamentary members. In 2013, Buuri constituency elected Boniface Kinoti Gatobu to the 11th Parliament at the tender age of 26.
Tallying of all the election results countrywide is still underway since some polling stations stayed open well past 5 pm to accommodate voters who were hampered by rain or technical difficulties from performing their civic duties.
IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati has said that results being streamed are not final amid claims by the NASA coalition that the agency’s system was hacked.
The electoral agency is waiting to collate final results from forms 34A and 34B before making announcements.