ODMâ€™s Moses Kajwangâ€™ is the new Homa Bay Senator. By 10pm on Thursday night, he had garnered 122,300 votes against his closet rival Philip Okundi of Maendeleo Democratic Partyâ€™s 26,978.
With votes from from 847 out of 878 polling stations, it was unlikely that votes from the remaining stations in a poll in which half of the registered voters did not cast their ballots would reverse Mr Kajwangâ€™s lead.
Claims of vote rigging, bribery and voter apathy characterised the poll as ODM put up a spirited campaign to retain the seat previously occupied by former Senator Otieno Kajwangâ€™, who died last November.
A man was injured after Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwangâ€™ led a group of youth in storming a hotel in Homa Bay over claims that Maendeleo Democratic Partyâ€™s Okundi and Karachuonyo MP James Rege were working with IEBC officers to rig the election.
A contingent of GSU officers surrounded the hotel.
By close of voting, it was apparent that the contest had narrowed down to ODMâ€™s Kajwangâ€™ and Mr Okundi.