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Duale defends seat with an emphatic win 

National assembly majority leader Aden Duale (right) receives his election certificate from Garissa Township constituency returning officer Boru Duba. Duale successfully defended the seat by garnering 22,587 votes while his arch-rival Farah Maalim managed 14,897 votes.

Hundreds of supporters of National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale supporters Friday took to the streets to celebrate his emphatic victory against his arch-rival and former deputy speaker Farah Maalim.

The constituency returning officer Boru Duba Thursday declared Aden Bare Duale winner with 22,587 votes followed by Farah with 14,897 votes. ANC deputy leader Abdi Yare Mohamed managed 454 votes.

The jubilant supporters that comprised mainly women and youth matched through the streets of Garissa town and its environs singing Somali victory songs.

The Garissa Township seat generated a lot of attention with the two political big wigs expressing confidence of winning. While Farah had promised to give Duale a thrashing of his life, Duale on his part promised ‘a 6 feet political grave at the end of the exercise’.

Addressing supporters and journalists at the constituency tallying hall, Duale thanked the electorate for showing confidence in his leadership and giving him a third term in a row.

He thanked IEBC for conducting a free, fair and transparent election.

Duale who for the first time paraded his family to the limelight had camped at the tallying center since 8 am in the morning while his opponent was represented by agents at the constituency tallying hall.

“I want to sincerely thank the residents who turned up in their thousands and braved the scorching heat to exercise their democratic right. In return I promise to lead without fear or favour because Garissa Township constituency is a cosmopolitan constituency,” Duale said.

“I appeal to all the electorate both my supporters and those who supported my opponents to join me in moving our constituency to the next level in terms of development,” he added.

Duale was first elected into parliament in what was formerly known as Dujis Constituency in 2007 on an ODM ticket. He then ditched the party and with Deputy President William Ruto formed URP which he used to win the parliamentary seat.

By Jacob Songok

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