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Campaigners disagree on nomination

10 January 2013, 14:40 Edmund Mwanjelle

Campaigners of Taita Taveta County governor aspirant have disagreed with the ODM party Secretary General on party’s nomination process.

The committee spokesman Alexander Mwangenga told journalists that the proposal made by their party’s Secretary General that nomination be conducted using national Identification Cards will not work in Taita Taveta County.

They said that will promote rigging by their rivals leading to unfair nominations.

Mwangeka said that the committee has evidence of some ODM rivals from the county who are planning to interfere with the nomination process.

He added that some rivals are also planning to vote as ODM members so that they can vote for a weak candidate whom they will defeat easily during the March 4th general election.

The committee however welcomed the move by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) principals on the nomination strategy saying that it will give equal treatment to all parties in that coalition.

However, they insisted that the ID proposal by Nyong’o should be cancelled and that the coalition should let those who will participate in voting to use National Identification cards, Party’s Membership Cards and IEBC’s voting Cards.

“ We are saying, in Taita Taveta County, let us use ODM cards; let us use the national Identity Cards; let us use the electors cards so that we don’t give room for any infiltration of this nomination by people who are not members of ODM or members of CORD,” said the spokesman.

Speaking during a press conference in Voi, the spokesman however said that they are still convinced that their candidate is the most popular among other candidates from CORD and outside the coalition.

“We know very well that our candidate is the strongest, we know that our candidate is the one who is going to win and we are fully aware that the plans which are being put in place will not give them chance to succeed,” said Mwangeka during the media briefing.

The committee also said that they are ready to move to another party together with their candidate before nominations if ODM will not take good measures to ensure that nominations are held peacefully and fairly.

“We are not going to be threatened by anybody; we are not going to allow this candidate (John Mruttu) to be pushed around just because he has not been in politics before,” added Mwangeka.

Mwangeka said that the Mruttu’s campaign team is capable to change political waves in Taita Taveta County within a night.

He added that they all have what it takes to make that possible and that they are not afraid of quitting ODM.

The spokesman also said that the returning officer who will be appointed to manage the nomination must have several meetings with ODM candidates before nominations so that they can come up with the best way to conduct those nominations fairly.

“We are also saying that there must be a meeting of the returning officer with all the candidates of CORD to agree on the modalities of conducting the nomination exercise, failure to that, we will not participate in the nomination exercise,” warned Mwangeka.

He also suggested that counting of votes must be done at the polling stations and not transfers to the tallying centre for counting.

Mwangeka said that rigging of votes normally occurs during transfer of ballot boxes from polling stations to the tallying centre and that they will not accept that to happen in Taita Taveta County.

The CORD nomination is scheduled to be on 17th on this month a day before the IEBC’s deadline.

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