, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 27 – A Nairobi court has declined to halt party elections for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) set for Kasarani on Friday.
Six Kasipul Kabondo delegates moved to court to stop the elections on grounds that their names had been omitted from the party list.
Aggrey Omondi, Evans Harold Ndege, Jeremiah Omuga Oriango, Peter Odhiambo, Jacinta Anyango Olare and Zachary Asedo had urged the court to suspend the National Delegates Convention as their democratic right to participate in electing new party office bearers had been violated.
However, High Court David Majanja dismissed their petition saying they had not exhausted the party dispute resolution mechanism.
Judge Majanja said the six ought to have registered their complaint with the party tribunal before moving to court.
The elections at the Kasarani Sports Gymnasium where all the 26 positions from that of the Party Leader downwards will be contested are a litmus test for the party.
During the event, some 3,200 delegates will deliberate various matters of importance to the party and thereafter take part in the most important exercise which is the election of national office bearers.
The term of the current national officials of ODM came to an end last month.