22 January 2013

Kenya: IEBC Postpones Nominee List Deadline to Midnight

ODM was yesterday trying to beat the deadline set by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for parties to present lists of nominees.

The party was yet to present its list by 5pm, following the controversies that marred its primaries. ODM sought for more time claiming its computer programme had crushed before it finalised the list.

However, the party got a reprieve after the IEBC postponed the deadline to midnight yesterday to give room for the parties to finalise their returns.

A short statement from the IEBC read: "IEBC will remain open until midnight today (yesterday) to receive political parties' nominees and membership lists."

National elections board chairman Franklin Bett admitted on Sunday that there was no nomination in Kisumu following chaos that rocked the exercise.

Migori and Homa Bay counties were affected by logistical problems with electoral materials arriving late. Electoral officers in some of these areas received threats while others were beaten.

The party's media briefing to give an update on the final list and settlement of disputes was postponed twice yesterday.

The thorny issue remains the failure to address the Siaya county controversy. Oburu Odinga who claimed to have won the governor nomination against William Oduor was reported to be on the list.

Ruth Odinga who claimed to had been given the certificate for Kisumu governor stepped down. The violence that marred the poll in Kisumu prompted Bett to cancel the process giving room open for the party to decide the way forward.

The law requires that parties must have finalised their nominations by the 18 of this month. This leaves room for consensus building in solving the issue.

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