Boda Boda elections aborts in Busia
21 August 2014, 23:17
Busia - Boda boda operators elections much anticipated, aborted on Wednesday when members rejected attempts to introduce secret ballot system.
Over 300 members who had turned up for the exercise at Busia Polytechnic grounds marched to the County Commissioner Isaiah Nakoru’s office to register their displeasure at the manner in which the polls were conducted.
Addressing the press outside the DC’s offices, Michael Egesa said the members wanted queue (mlolongo) method of electing their officials but a few of the members wanted secret ballot.
“We are against secret ballot which was aimed at rigging the polls and electing unpopular officials on us. We shall not allow this to take place,” Egesa said.
The elections had attracted five candidates vying for the seat of chairman including the outgoing chairman Eric Makokha.
Others are James Oloo, Moses Ouma, Destin Ouma and Ssebo Ngabwa. Egesa said election by secret ballot has proved contentious even in national polls, a feat that made them not like it. We are still
analogue and would be comfortable with mlolongo which was synonymous with the Moi era.
“Better the devil you know (mlolongo) than the angel (secret ballot) that you don’t know. We are aware of undercover schemes to rig out Makokha whom we want retain his seat.
There are attempts orchestrated by some people to remove our chairman but we shall resist all schemes behind the moves, “Egesa said.
Two out of three candidates seeking the chairmanship seat wanted the secret method of conducting the elections with three opting for queue method.
The members said they have been given conditions of registering first as members before they are allowed to participate in the polls.
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