BY JOHN WERU/KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,18TH APRIL 2017-ODM nominations in Nakuru, Kajiado ,Taita Taveta ,and TransNzoia counties kicked-off amid claims of a low turn out and delays at some polling stations.
In Nakuru East and West constituencies, polling was delayed until after 9 AM before the exercise could kick off due to delays in delivery of ballot materials a similar situation was also witnessed in Taita Taveta county after hired goons stormed one of the voting centres and destroyed materials before the exercise could begin.
In Trans -Nzoia things were not any different with voting exercise starting as late as 1pm.This was attributed to late arrival of voting materials and especially ballot papers. Many voters complained of queuing up to vote for long only to be informed that ballot papers had not arrived.The delay in dispatch of materials has been attributed to logistical and difficult terrains especially considering that rains have begun in most parts of the country.
Matisi Primary School, Saboti Constituency, Trans Nzoia County/courtesy
In Kitengela St.Monica ward the exercise was put off after the vehicle ferrying elections materials got stuck into the mud causing delays.The part says it will set a net date for the nominations to take place in the area.In Nyamira the voting has been relatively successful though starting late.Earlier on their was a standoff with various factions concerning who should really be allowed to vote.The voters inststing that only the independent Electoral and boundaries commission register of voters be used to vote while ODM was of the view that the list of duly registered members of the party be the only ones that are allowed to vote as long as they are registered in that particular voting station.Followers to Some party aspirant protested the party position saying there could be likelihood of voters being transferred from other places to vote for some candidates and therefore disenfranchising the genuine candidates in the county.The party however held unto its stand that only registered members of party are the only ones to vote.
Nyamira governor John Nyangarama also voicing his concerns about the challenges but reemphasizing the party position about the issue. On Wednesday the party will hold its primaries in Kwale county and the coast region.