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Sunday, 02 Apr 2017 15:21 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Homa Bay women representative Gladys Wanga has won the nomination of her party, the Orange Democratic Movement, unopposed, giving her one leg in the next parliament long before the start of official campaigns for this year's general elections.
By the close of the deadline for ODM members to file their nomination papers, Ms Wanga was the only candidate who filed her interest in the seat, and the party will issue her with its nomination certificate tomorrow Monday April 3. The ODM candidate for the seat is almost certainly guaranteed to win in the general elections.
With a population of 963,794 people at the 2009 census, Homa Bay currently has an estimated population of 1.05 million people, of whom more than 550,000 are female, including children under voting age. That only candidate from such a large poll would be interested in the position is an indictment of the region's politics, which is traditionally very competitive.
While Ms Wanga is immensely popular, there was a feeling among potential aspirants that the party's nominations would be not be free and fair, a perception that led to many races attracting fewer candidates than expected. Ms Wanga is the chairperson of the ODM branch in Homa Bay.
Jack is a business and society writer at the Kenya Free Press