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2017 KENYA ELECTIONS

Security concerns plague primaries in Nyanza, ODM says

Etale said security concerns led to the postponement of the Kisumu and Siaya primaries/MOSES MUOKI

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 24 – The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) on Monday said police successfully thwarted a break-in into one of their warehouses in Kisii.

Director of Communications Phillip Etale said the party had stored election materials including ballot papers for the Homa Bay primaries at the facility.

“An attempt was made to vandalise the election materials at a warehouse in Kisii but police averted the scheme,” Etale said of the incident that took place on Sunday.

The process therefor, he said, proceeded to kick off well on Monday morning in most of the polling centres.

Some areas experienced delays due to logistical challenges.

Long queues started building as early as 6am but most stations opened hours later and the polls went on.

“No incident has been reported so far, we have put in place mechanisms to ensure success,” he said.

In Homa Bay, Governor Cyprian Awiti will fight it out with a former director of the National Intelligence Service Sam Wakiaga, Kasipul MP Oyugi Magwanga, Cosmas Kanyadudi and Enosh Bolo.

ODM National Chairman John Mbadi is also fighting to retain his Suba parliamentary seat.

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He is contesting with Raila Odinga’s former Chief of Staff Caroli Omondi.

Etale said the ODM postponed nominations in Siaya and Kisumu counties to Tuesday citing security concerns.

The primaries will now be conducted on Tuesday, April 25.

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