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Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 20:18 EATpwanjiru@kenyafreepress.com
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has disbanded its County Elections Board for Nairobi following reports that board members had solicited financial favours from parliamentary and ward representative aspirants in exchange for nomination certificates ahead of the primaries earlier scheduled for this morning.
The polls will be conducted on Sunday April 30, and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho will tomorrow meet key party leaders to establish a new framework for conducting them after the board was disbanded along with the staff members they had hired. Mr Joho will work with a new Board which is expected to liaise with all aspirants by Thursday in preparing for the polls.
A number of ward representative aspirants from Embakasi East, Ruaraka and Westlands are reported to have complained to the party about CEB members who were "hawking" nomination certificates to the highest bidders. Some of the complainers parted with money, according to a source at Orange House.
"Following today’s early morning invasion of the warehouse where election materials had been stored and caused disruption and confusion, leading to the cancelation of the exercise, it was decided that the County Elections Board be disbanded and a new one appointed to arrange and facilitate a fresh nomination exercise. This should be done with immediate effect.
"The Central Committee further directed that fresh nominations in Nairobi County to be held on Sunday 30th April 2017. The Committee appointed Deputy Party Leader Hon. Hassan Ali Joho to oversee preparations and supervise the exercise in Nairobi," the party said in a statement issued by its spokesman Philip Etale.