The Star (Nairobi)

9 January 2013

Kenya: ODM Now Split Over Nominations in Kilifi

WRANGLES in the ODM party in Kilifi county are far from over after another group of aspirants aligned to the party resolved that the nominations should be guided by Cord elections board.

Bahari constituency ODM sub-branch on Monday resolved that the party primaries will be conducted through the universal suffrage system to pick its candidates in the various political elective positions.

Addressing the press after a crisis meeting to resolve the matter in a Kilifi hotel, Bahari ODM sub branch chairman Joseph Chilumo said the county primaries will adopt the same system the national Cord election board will use.

"ODM is a member of Cord and we should abide by the guidance of the elections board of the Cord alliance," said Chumo. "We have ruled out the use of the delegates system because some senior members have more influence to the delegates than others."

In a quick rejoinder, the county's ODM chairman Kenneth Kamto disowned the meetings that had been held by various sub-branches and termed them as illegal meetings that do not reflect the decisions of the party at the county.

He accused rival parties of financing the meetings so as to rock the party. The Ford Kenya aspirants from the county rejected plans for joint nominations under the Cord alliance terming it as "undemocratic." The aspirants said if the nominations are held jointly small parties will be swallowed by the bigger ones.

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