NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 5 – The Orange Democratic Movement’s (ODM) National Elections Board has now postponed party primaries indefinitely.
The party has decided to push the primaries that were scheduled to run for three days starting December 4 due to what they term as “a clash with KCPE and KCSE calendar.”
ODM says they plan to use public schools as their poll centres hence the need to postpone the exercise.
A joint National Executive Committee and Parliamentary Group retreat held in Naivasha last month resolved that the party would hold its primaries between December 4 and 6 ahead of the March 4, 2013 general election.
The party has also extended the deadline for submission of application papers by aspirants to December 10.
Election Board Chairman Henry Kathurima said the decision to move the deadline that was expiring on Monday was due to the massive number of aspirants who had failed to get vetting documents.
“The NEB having taken cognisance of the fact that most aspirants have not been able to obtain the necessary vetting documents due to delays occasioned by the various institutions issuing them, hereby announce that aspirants may submit their application forms after making the required payment in the bank as they await the issuance of the said vetting documents,” said Kathurima.
He also allayed fears by some aspirants that already some people had been cleared and given wild cards to run in the elections.
“All aspirants should be confident that no aspirant, candidate or person has been cleared or granted an automatic nomination by the NEB or any party official or another party organ” he assured.
The party primaries will see ODM nominate candidates for the six elective posts of President, Governor, Senator, Member of Parliament, County Women Representatives and County Ward Representatives.
Kathurima said the elections board would embark on a weeklong visit to all the counties to meet all aspirants at the grassroots.
On Tuesday, the board members will tour Mombasa to meet aspirants from Mombasa and Kwale Counties, Nyahururu for aspirants from Nyandarua County, Garissa, Siaya, Samburu, Machakos for aspirants from Machakos and Kitui Counties and Meru.
On Wednesday, the board will tour Busia Town, Kapenguria town for the West Pokot County aspirants, Nyeri town, and Kisumu town, Marimanti town for Tharaka/Nithi County aspirants, Narok town and Wote in Makueni County.
On Thursday, the board will be in Malindi town for Kilifi and Lamu County aspirants, Bungoma town, Kerugoya town for the Kirinyaga County forum, Homabay town for the Homabay and Migori Counties forum, Kericho town for the Kericho and Bomet Counties forum and Kitale town for the Transnzoia County forum.
On Friday, the tour will be in Kakamega town, Murang’a, Eldoret for the Elgeyo/Marakwet and Eldoret Counties forum, Wajir town, Kisii town for the Kisii and Nyamira Counties forum and Kajiado town.
On Saturday, the NEB team will be in Voi town for the Taita/Taveta County forum, Vihiga town, Isiolo town for the Isiolo and Marsabit Counties forum, Kapsabet town for the Nandi County forum and Nakuru town for the Nakuru, Laikipia and Baringo Counties forum.