Nairobi, KENYA: Orange Democratic Movement party elections board has warned candidates who intimidate others and mastermind chaos, risk loosing their party tickets if they don’t desist from such tactics.
In a media briefing at party headquarters in Nairobi, ODM national elections board chairperson Judith Pareno and party’s national executive director Oduor Ongwen, said that they do not condone such acts.
“We are determined as a party to ensure that our primaries will be free , fair ,transparent and democratic ,polls cant be free or fair if people are intimidated ,and therefore we are sounding a very serious warning to our aspirants that anybody that will will engage in any activity whether you are a sitting MP, governor or MCA ,any body that engages in any form of violence or intimidation will face the serious disciplinary action.”Ongwen said.
He indicated that if such incidences continue the board will take action against the culprits which amounts to disqualification of their candidacy.
He pointed that the party will summon some leaders who allegedly masterminded chaos which rocked Homa Bay and Kendu Bay during Sunday’s ODM rallies in bid to sanitize the party’s integrity.
“Incidence that we saw yesterday at HomaBay is not a kind of incident we would like to see as we head towards our primaries.”Ongwen said.
On the other hand Pareno said that the presentation of party’s nomination papers has been extended for one month , from 31st November to 31st December 2016.
She indicated that the board decided to extend it due to increase of the number of petitions and number of aspirants who are presenting their nomination papers to party headquarters.
On Sunday Violence marred an ODM rally in Homabay County as local leaders and their supporters clashed during a rally attended by party leader Raila Odinga.
The chaos began before the entry of the ODM leader when area governor Cyprian Awiti and Kasipul Kabondo MP Oyugi Magwanga, both attempted to make their way towards the main dais at the Homa Bay Stadium.
The supporters of the two rival leaders engaged in a heckling and shouting match with each camp trying to out do the other before the scene resulted into a physical battle.
The Kasipul Kabondo MP has declared his intention to vie for the Homa Bay gubernatorial position and unseat the incumbent Cyprian Awiti during next year’s elections.
The commotion led to another fight between Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma and Washington Ogaga who is seeking to unseat him next year as the crowd hurled stones at the main dais.