ODM Nairobi nominations kicks off amid delays

Voters Que to vote in Langata constituency on 30TH APRIL 2017/UPESINEWS

BY NAMULONGO PETER/EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,30TH APRIL 2017-The  Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) kicked off party nominations on Sunday to pick its candidate for Nairobi County amid delays and complains from various quarters.

Spot check conducted By  UPESINEWS established that as early as 6am, voters had started trooping polling stations across the city but voting was delayed due to late delivery of voting materials while in some centres, there was a mix-up of ballot papers.

At Kilimani Primary School polling centre, voting started at around 8am with queues building up.

long queues at Kilimani Primary School on April 30, 2017 during ODM nomination exercise in Nairobi. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

long queues at Kilimani Primary School on April 30, 2017 during ODM nomination exercise in Nairobi. PHOTO | Namulongo Peter/Euridice NziokaDrama ensued at the centre after a woman who was  identified as Judith Nafula was driven away in a police vehicle to Kilimani police station after being attacked on allegations of bribing voters to elect Elphas Nganyi who is Vying for Dagoretti North Parliamentary seat.

There was  complains from voters  about a decision by polling clerks to demand proof of voter registration with the IEBC. The clerks also demanded national ID as well as IEBC slips which many do not have.

Ms Judith Nafula who claimed she was attacked by angry voters at Kilimani Primary School on April 30, 2017 on allegations she was bribing voters to elect Elphas Nganyi who is vying for Dagoretti North Parliamentary seat. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Ms Judith Nafula who claimed she was attacked by angry voters at Kilimani Primary School on April 30, 2017 on allegations she was bribing voters to elect Elphas Nganyi who is vying for Dagoretti North Parliamentary seat. /Courtesy

Voting in Starehe, Roysambu and Kasarani started late as confusion marred the exercise there.

In Starehe constituency, there was drama at Ziwani Social Hall after the returning officer ordered two agents for each candidate be allowed inside the polling station leading to protests by party supporters outside the Hall.

They demanded that an observer of ODM be ejected and an agent, Gakuri Mboro, replaces him.

“It was a small confrontation, it was a directive that we only have two agents but the observer refused to leave but now we can start the exercise it has been sorted,” said Mr Mboro.

By 10am voting had not started at the centre leading to tension as some seemingly intoxicated voters were seen to engage officials demanding that the exercise be opened.

Drama started moments after the gates opened with rowdy youths forcing their way into the Hall.

Overwhelmed, police officers locked the gates to allow calm to be restored before allowing only a few to access the polling station at a time.

In Roysambu no activity was taking place by 9am as voting materials had not been delivered and few voters were spotted.

There were no clerks and returning officers at Roysambu Primary despites ballot boxes being delivered.

The presiding officer Rosslyn Osso said that there was no clear communication from the party on how many polling stations would be used as some were cancelled without prior information to the residents.

A crowd surrounds a vehicle said to be carrying weapons at Lavington Primary School during the Nairobi ODM primaries on April 30,2017. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A crowd surrounds a vehicle said to be carrying weapons at Lavington Primary School during the Nairobi ODM primaries on April 30,2017.

By 10.30am, there was no activity in Njathaini Primary where voting was supposed to take place with a resident, Violet Muhabi, saying this could have been because of the just concluded Jubilee Party primaries in Roysambu.

Ms Muhabi said there was confusion as they had been informed that the polling station would not be used but just saw materials arrive. However, she said she will mobilise residents to turn up for the exercise.

A man wearing a Jubilee Party branded cap casts his vote at Ziwani Social Hall on April 30, 2017 during ODM nominations exercise. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A man wearing a Jubilee Party branded cap casts his vote at Ziwani Social Hall on April 30, 2017 during ODM nominations exercise.

There was commotion at Ziwani Social Hall as journalists were locked out with the returning officer explaining that the party had directed that no journalists should be allowed in the polling station but cover the day’s events from outside.

But angry voters forced their way inside the Hall as they complained about agents.

There were long queues in Embakasi West at Unity and Busara primary schools gates by 9.30 but voting had not started.

Senate aspirant Gabriel Bukachi will also seat pretty as he waits to take on Jubilee’s Johnson Sakaja after he sailed through unopposed.

ODM supporters at Embakasi Primary School in Embakasi East wait on a long line to vote for their candidates on April 30, 2017. PHOTO | OUMA WANZALA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

ODM supporters at Embakasi Primary School in Embakasi East wait on a long line to vote for their candidates on April 30, 2017/COURTESY
it is in Kibra where the incumbent Ken Okoth will be battling it out with former head of Raila Odinga presidential campaign secretariat Eliud Owalo and Mr Martin Okoth that has attracted immense attention.

Kenyans have been following the constituency keenly especially because Ms Rosemary Odinga, the daughter of the opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga had expressed interest in the seat only to pull out last week due to ill health.

The firebrand Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati will equally be fending off a strong challenge from former councillor Elphas Nganyi and Mr Albert Ekodo.

 BATTLE OF THE TITANS

In Lang’ata, a constituency that Jubilee has vowed to win through Mr Nixon Korir, the incumbent Joash Olum is in a titanic battle with seven other aspirants who have  vowed to dislodge him from the seat. Mr Ahmed Papa, Mr Jared Omolo, Mr Musaari Syongoh, Mr Alex Otieno and Ms Violet Okinda are some of the competitors.

Mr Irshad Sumra, the current Embakasi South lawmaker is also hoping to win the party’s ticket against the county Assembly deputy speaker Kennedy Ngondi.

In Embakasi East Mr Babu Owino, the controversial former student leader at the University of Nairobi is battling it out with a host of others such as Mr Francis Wekesa, Mr George Bhutto and Mr Philip Bosire among others.

Former Makadara Reuben Ndolo is also hoping to make a comeback against the ODM county chairman and former city mayor George Aladwa.

Ruaraka’s Tom Kajwang’ may also have it easy after nominated senator Elizabeth Ongoro was stripped of party membership following accusations she orchestrated violence against her opponents.

Westlands’ Tim Wanyonyi and Dagoretti South’s Fredrick Oduory Wandera have no opponents.

Meanwhile, Dr Kidero, left, has exuded confidence he will trounce Jubilee’s Mike Sonko in the August 8 General Election.

Dr Kidero, who was speaking at Industrial Area Prison SDA church on Saturday, said he was not scared of the senator and was looking forward to facing him in the August polls.

Mr Sonko defeated his rival Peter Kenneth in the Jubilee primaries on Thursday garnering 138,185 votes against Kenneth’s 62,504 to clinch the ruling party’s ticket.
Dr Kidero called on aspirants in Nairobi to conduct peaceful campaigns.

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