Uncertainty over ODM primaries over gazettement of party list

April 7, 2017 11:01 am
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Chebukati clashed with ODM on the dates for holding party primaries with the IEBC Chairperson insisting all party primaries should be conducted between April 14 and April 26 after the Commission gazettes names of all aspirants from respective political parties/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 7 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is Friday expected to decide the fate of Orange Democratic Movement primaries which are slated to kick off Saturday in Busia, Bungoma and Machakos counties.

This follows Thursday’s meeting between the National Super Alliance (NASA) principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula and electoral officials.

Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati said they will declare their stand once matter is discussed by the IEBC plenary conference.

Chebukati clashed with ODM on the dates for holding party primaries with the IEBC Chairperson insisting all party primaries should be conducted between April 14 and April 26 after the Commission gazettes names of all aspirants from respective political parties.

ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga and National Elections Board Chairperson Judith Pareno maintained that its primaries would go on as scheduled.

“ODM primaries to go on as scheduled. Exercise to begin on Saturday 8th in Bungoma, Busia & Machakos,” ODM Director of Public Communications Phillip Etale posted in his Twitter handle.

The Orange party has staggered primaries between Saturday and April 21.

The polls were initially planned to kick off of Friday, but the NEB pushed them to Saturday to facilitate for closure of primary and secondary schools taking place on Thursday and Friday.

They had said it would go ahead with the primaries in Busia, Bungoma and Turkana counties.

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