ODM is now calling for the postponement of the Homa Bay Senatorial elections following ugly scenes after youths stormed the Homa Bay County Hall and disrupted the nomination process. The party had earlier agreed on the delegate’s process to select their preferred candidate but that failed.
The chaos was anticipated after aspirants of the senatorial seat that was left vacant following the death of Otieno Kajwang’ complained that the list was skewed to give leeway to the party preferred candidate. Mr Jakakimba faulted the party elections for causing confusion with the purpose of declaring their preferred candidate the winner. He told the Nation Daily,
“The current confusion on the list of delegates that will see some bona fide members locked out of the exercise is a recipe for chaos so that the board can declare its favourite candidate the winner.”
The party now seeks two weeks to come up with a new nomination plan. According to the election coordinator Peter Odoyo, the chaos witnessed was unprecedented. He told News24
” The chaos was unprecedented. We tried our best to ensure the crowd calms down but it has gone down the drain”.
The candidates who are seeking the ODM ticket are the late Senator Otieno Kajwang’s brother Moses, veteran politician Philip Okundi, Caroli Omondi, a former aide to party leader Raila Odinga, Ochieng Mbeo, Oyugi Kambona, Tom Mboya, Fred Rabongo, and Silas Jakakimba.
The Party has until 19 December to name its candidate for the by election.
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