Businesswoman Esther Passaris holding a nomination certificate after she was declared winner of the Nairobi ODM primaries for the woman representative’s seat on May 1, 2017. PHOTO | LILLIAN MUTAVI | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Esther Passaris wins Nairobi ODM woman rep primaries
Businesswoman Esther Passaris has won the Nairobi ODM nominations for the woman representative’s seat.
Ms Passaris garnered 65,104 votes against her closest rival Beatrice Kwamboka’s 11,296.
Other aspirants in the race were Jane Nyaboke, who came third with 4,674 votes, Joan Otieno (3,410), Ramla Maalim (2,414) and Caroline Andisi (1,283).
After being declared winner, Ms Passaris said she will work hard to address problems facing Nairobi residents.
“I don’t want to focus on [the pay I will get for the] woman representative position, I want to help the people to empower themselves.
“I will not wait for the August 8 elections, I will start working immediately,” she said
Ms Passaris is expected to face off with Jubilee Party candidate Rachel Shebesh in the elections.
However, Mrs Shebesh’s win has been challenged by her rival Wangui Ng’ang’a, who claimed there was rigging in the nominations.
Ms Ng’ang’a came fourth in the Jubilee race but has argued she was rigged out.
Mrs Shebesh led with 91,766 votes against Millicent Omanga’s 53,734 and third-place finisher Karen Nyamu’s 36,828.