The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had declared the Dagoretti North MP Paul Simba Arati as the incoming Kisii County Governor.

Arati clinched the seat on an ODM ticket after garnering 270,928 votes and warding off seven other competitors among them Ezekiel Machogu who came in second with 82,104 on a UDA ticket.

Other aspirants who were eyeing the Kisii gubernatorial seat included Chris Obure (Jubilee Party), Sam Ongeri (DAP-K) Manson Oyongo (KNC) Ratemo Onchiri (Usawa Party) and Josiah Onyancha (Independent).

While giving his speech after being declared the winner and handed the certificate, Arati said he is ready to work together with his competitors whom he termed as worthy.

"We have won, let's now work together, you were worthy competitors," Arati said.

H also thanked his campaign team for their outstanding work and for bringing the victory to him.

"I thank my deputy, Robert Monda, Senator Onyonka for their sterling efforts. With you, we overcame all and I promise we will go far together," Arati said.