Nairobi local elections, 2013

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Local elections were held in Nairobi County to elect a Governor and County Assembly on 4 March 2013.[1] Under the new constitution, which was passed in a 2010 referendum, the 2013 general election was the first where there would be election of County governors and their deputies for the 47 newly created counties. They were also the first general elections run by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) which has released the official list of candidates.[2] While it is not necessary to hold a degree to become e.g. president of the United States, a degree of a university recognised in Kenya is necessary to run for a gubernator seat.[3]

Gubernatorial election[edit]

Candidate Running Mate Coalition Party Votes
Arita, Eric Mokua Mumma, Tom Ignatius FORD–People 4068
Kihoro, Wanyiri Odula, Odhiambo Independent 4539
Kidero, Evans Odhiambo Mueke, J. Mwangangi Cord Orange Democratic Movement 692483
Kisia, Philip Mwala Atito, Martin Onyango Cord Federal Party of Kenya 5162
Kobia, Geoffrey Thuku Wanjiku, Rose Anne Jubilee National Rainbow Coalition 5314
Mbaru, Jimnah Mwangi Ibrahim, Ahmed N/A Alliance Party of Kenya 52084
Muchumu, Joseph Mwangi Ochieng, Godfrey Kenya National Congress 1725
Mutinda, Richard Kavemba Nyangangali, Crispus Fwamba WDM-K 7490
Ngok, Alice Chepkirui Nyakundi, Elijah Wycliffe National Vision Party 3823
Waititu, Ferdinand Ndungu Achoki, Robin Manono Jubilee The National Alliance 617839

Opinion Polling[edit]

Pollster Date Sample 1st 2nd 3rd Others
Ipsos Synovate 2 – 5 Feb 2013 870 Evans Kidero
Ferdinand Waititu
Jimnah Mbaru
Undecided 8%
Ipsos Synovate Dec 2012 Margaret Wanjiru
Ferdinand Waititu
Evans Kidero
Jimnah Mbaru 11%

Candidates in details[edit]

Eric Mokua Arita[edit]

Eric Mokua Arita belongs to Ford People. He attended Nairobi School from 1987 to 1990. He attended University of Nairobi and has an MBA from Daystar University. At the eleventh hour, he stepped down for Dr. Evans Kidero. Currently Dr. Kidero appointed him as the County Executive in-charge of roads.[4][5]

Wanyiri Kihoro[edit]

Wanyiri Kihoro is a land economist and an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.[6]

Evans Odhiambo Kidero[edit]

Evans Odhiambo Kidero is a former CEO of Mumias Sugar Company. He graduated from the University of Nairobi and has an MBA from United States International University.,[7][8]

Jimnah Mwangi Mbaru[edit]

Please see here Jimnah Mbaru's Wikipedia entry.

Philip Mwala Kisia[edit]

Philip Mwala Kisia is a former Nairobi Town Clerk. He is 50 years old (2013) and managed position six in the 2013 elections.[9]

Geoffrey Thuku Kobia[edit]

Geoffrey Thuku Kobia has worked for General Electric. He attended Dagoretti Boys High School and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Strathmore University. At 25 years old, he was the youngest Gubernatorial candidate in Kenya's 2013 gubernatorial elections. He inspired many youths and was able to beat seasoned public officers like Philip Kisia the former town clerk of Nairobi. He has vowed he will be back on the race in 2017 to bring change to the City of Nairobi.[10] In 2013,was runners up for youngest outstanding Alumni of Strathmore University after being successfully nominated.[11] His success story was also seen when he was also nominated at GE as having an outstanding career amongst his peers.[12]

Prospective candidatures[edit]

The following politicians made public their intentions to run but did not run or failed to obtain nominations in their preferred political parties:[13]

Gakuo and Muriuki failed in the TNA nominations while Wanjiru was barred by her party due to questions over the validity of her university degree.[3]