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Tuesday, 17 Jan 2017 10:18 EAT
Sitting ODM leaders from Nyanza have left a vacuum that aspiring candidates have filled with glee during the voter registration exercise that began countrywide yesterday. From Siaya to Migori, most sitting were absent as aspirants for governorships, senatorial and parliamentary seats mobilised potential voters to registration centres.
In Siaya, two-time governorship contender William Oduol has taken charge of the mobilisation, holding big meetings in Rarieda constituency on the first day of the exercise yesterday. Mr Oduol’s team, calling itself ‘Siaya Manyien’, campaigned in the area whose incumbent MP Nicholas Humbo is also in the running for the position. Many, however, see Mr Gumbo as preparing the ground for Siaya senator James Orengo, who is also seeking to depose governor Cornell Rasanga.
Today, Mr Oduol's team will head to Bondo constituency, the home turf of CORD leader Raila Odinga. Incumbent MP Gideon Ochanda is also supporting Mr Orengo for the position, but the MP faces pressure for his own seat from his predecessor Oburu Odinga, who is Raila’s elder brother. The former legislator represented Bondo constituency between 1994-2013, and is currently serving as a specially elected MP.
“Team Siaya Manyien is here to provide a more visionary and vibrant leadership,” Mr Oduol said. The aspirant, who twice ran for the seat against ODM candidates, reiterated his support for Raila Odinga's presidential campaign and said he was in ODM to stay. He also called for free and fair party primaries in all seats in Siaya County to promote cohesion in the party.
In Homa Bay, senatorial aspirant Fred Rabongo organised a caravan that traversed pollings stations after he met with ODM officials from the ward level. And in Kisumu, Richard Ogendo, an aspirant for Kisumu Central parliamentary seat, led youth leaders who went door to door mobilising those with ID cards to come out and register.