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IEBC to blame for Homa Bay chaos says MP

15 December 2014, 16:53 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC is to blame for the failure of the ODM Homa Bay Senatorial nomination process, an MP has said.

Homa Bay Mp Peter Kaluma says that the nomination process was in the red from the moment the IEBC insisted that the nomination deadline for the process be just two weeks after the burial of former Senator Otieno Kajwang.

The deadline by the IEBC was set for Friday 19 December 2014.

Kaluma says that the rushed deadline has forced the party to use the delegates system which was always bound to cause trouble.

" We need it postponed. The IEBC has put pressure on these elections by seeking a date that does not make any sense," he said.

" The pressure has been on us to quickly nominate and use systems that will likely not work out," he blamed.

There had been trouble earlier in the day as youths threatened to storm the nomination hall.

The youths numbering around 50, stormed the venue and asked to be let into the hall in a bid to try ensure that proceedings were running in the right manner.

However, a heavy presence of police and election officials persuaded the youths to slow down on their demands for a while, before they once again hit back and caused the chaos.

" We want to ensure that everything runs in the right manner. We want to be sure that there are no issues on the ground," one of the youths that did not want to be named said.

There were 408 delegates that were to decide who represents the party in the elections. They ranged from the Homa Bay Governor, 9 MPs, 48 Members of the County Assembly and 58 representatives from each constituency.

There are 8 candidates, led by the late Senator Otieno Kajwang’s brother Moses, veteran politician Philip Okundi, Caroli Omondi, a former aide to party leader Raila Odinga, Ochieng Mbeo, Oyugi Kambona, Tom Mboya, Fred Rabongo, and Silas Jakakimba.

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