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Friday, April 18, 2014

Mbaisi, Okinyi, Trounce in Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Elections

Chris Mbaisi and Mike Okinyi have been elected as Chairman and Secretary General of Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) in hotly contested elections which were held at Nyayo Stadium on Friday morning.

Mbaisi, the Sports Editor at Radio Africa’s The Star newspaper emerged triumphant in the Chairman’s elections amassing over 70% of total votes cast. With over 80% (62/75) of registered voters turning out for the crucial process, Mbaisi was voted in with 44 votes with his only challenger, James Waindi of The People receiving 18 votes.

The People photographer, James Magayi, won the Vice Chairman’s seat with a landslide receiving 36 votes, 19 more than his closest challenger, Gilbert Wandera who received 17 votes. KBC’s Omole Asiko finished a distant third with 9 votes.

Citizen TV’s Mike Okinyi captured the powerful Secretary General post with 40 votes, 22 more than his challenger Milton Nyakundi who got 22 votes.

KBC’s Vereso Mwanga needed a run off to beat off the challenge of Eric Ochieng’ from the Standard in the fiercely contested Organizing Secretary position. With no less than 5 candidates having their names on the ballot including Goal.com’s Dennis Mabuka, photographer Fredrick Omondi and Robert Kiptoo, the race boiled down to Eric and Vereso who received 24 and 19 votes respectively in the first round.

It was the lady who emerged triumphant in the second round receiving 33 votes to Eric’s 15. Evelyn Wata was elected unopposed for the Treasurer position and so were Torome Tirike, Rebecca Gichana and Idris Situma who were unchallenged for the Committee Members position.

The elected officials will serve for the next 4 years.

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