ODM orders repeat nominations in Suba despite court order

May 7, 2017 (3 weeks ago) 1:03 pm
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The ODM statement was issued a day after Omondi obtained the court order blocking the repeat nominations. Photo/FILE.
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 7 – The Orange Democratic Movement has ordered repeat nominations in Suba South constituency in defiance of a court order stopping the exercise until an appeal filed by Caroli Omondi against his opponent John Mbadi is heard and determined.

In a statement issued on Sunday morning, National Elections Board (NEB) Chairperson Judith Pareno stated that the exercise will be conducted in 7 polling stations on Monday.

“Following the directive by the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal, the National Elections Board of the ODM party has ordered repeat nominations in 7 polling stations in Suba South Constituency tomorrow (Monday 8th May 2017) for MP’s position only,” she stated.

Pareno said that the exercise will be conducted at “the Oma Primary School, God Oloo Primary School, Koga Primary School, Mikuyu Primary School, Miriya Primary School, Kiembe Primary School & Nyakiya Primary School.

The ODM statement was issued a day after Omondi obtained the court order blocking the repeat nominations.

“It is hereby ordered that the respondent shall not by themselves or their representatives conduct the repeat nomination election for Suba South constituency as ordered by the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal on 5th May 2017,” the order issued by High Court Judge Aggrey Muchelule stated.

Rivalry between Mbadi and Omondi, a former aide to Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s, has deepened over rigging claims in the party nominations.

The ODM Appeals Tribunal had nullified the nomination of Mbadi over Omondi in the constituency.

The tribunal composed of Willis Otieno, Mohamed Hajir, Florence Omose, George Muthama and Charles Bosire nullified the nomination after finding that in seven polling stations, there was more than a hundred per cent voter turnout.
Also to be repeated is MCA nomination in Gilbet Ward in Garissa Township constituency.

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