Ugenya MP-elect David Ochieng has welcomed his win, after emerging victorious on his Movement for Democracy and Growth (MDG) party.

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Ochieng won in the much-awaited by-election that was held on Friday, after heated campaigns in the region within Siaya County.

Ochieng, also a former area MP, said that the win indicates the will of Ugenya residents.

"The will of the people can never be diverted; their wish will always emerge victorious," he was quoted by the Nation.

The politician managed to beat his closest rival of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Chris Karan with a margin of 4,000 votes.

He garnered 18, 730 votes against Karan's 14, 507, with Grand Dreams Development Party (GDDP) aspirant Daniel Juma taking the third place with 78 votes.

Brian Omondi of the Third Way Alliance party garnered 27 votes in the exercise that recorded a 57.88 turn out, as compared to the 81.9 that was recorded in the 2017 general polls.

Karan lost despite enjoying the backing of opposition leader Raila Odinga, the region's political doyen, making the race be seen as a contest before Raila and Ochieng.

He also rallied influential area politicians and other ODM leaders, at one point even the ODM Deputy Party Leader and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.