ODM has written to the IEBC seeking an extension of the Homa Bay by election nomination exercise by two weeks.
This follows botched nominations for the senatorial by-elections held by ODM at the County Assembly after Homa Bay youths disrupted the exercise protesting the imposition of candidates. The youths destroyed ballot boxes and warned exercise coordinator Peter Adoyo of dire consequences if a candidate was imposed on them. Three people have been arrested so far following the chaos.
ODM has blamed the IEBC for the abortive exercise.
The party’s director of communication Philip Etale said the IEBC failed in its mandate to assist political parties to carry out a proper nominations exercise for the vacate Homa Bay Senate seat.
Citing a statement signed by Betty Nyabuto, the commission’s acting CEO, Etale said parties were given only two weeks to carry out the exercise. He said, in the past political parties have been given ample time to prepare for the nominations.
“Good examples are Makueni, Bungoma and Siaya by-elections last year. parties are given a 21-day notice to prepare for a by-election during which they can invite aspirants to apply, fill the forms, pay the requisite amount of money, ballot papers printed, clerks, presiding officers and returning officer recruited and trained then nomination exercise is conducted across the county by universal suffrage. The time given by the IEBC for the Homa Bay Senatorial seat was short and untenable by the Commission.” Etale said.
Etale further said that going by the IEBC’s letter, the Commission has treated the Homa Bay exercise “so casually and unprofessionally.”