With over 95% of the votes counted, Peter Anyang Nyong’o, father of Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, is set to emerge as the winner of the Kisumu governorship election in Kenya.
The Orange Democratic Movement candidate has thus far won 261, 972 votes, representing 63% of the total votes cast.
His closest challenger, the incumbent governor Jackton Ranguma has 147, 852 votes (35%).
Christine Otieno, David Wayiera, and Peter Omolo have just 1% of the votes between them.
Although Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is yet to officially reel out the results, Nyong’o is all but assured of victory.
His world famous daughter had campaigned for her father months before the election took place.
In a 2.49 minute-long video shared via her Facebook page, the ’12 Years a Slave’ actress beckoned on electorates of the state to vote for her father through an impassioned appeal.
The video has been viewed over 300,000 times and shared more than 800 times on Facebook.
Although the actress had earlier said she wouldn’t be able to make it down for the election due to a new movie she is working on, she told her father, “I support your bid to be governor of Kisumu county…you can count on my prayers and my support from afar”.
In the presidential election, incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta has so far taken a majority of the votes, coasting home to victory ahead of Raila Odinga.
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