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ODM iron out pending issues ahead of polls

27 February 2014, 13:22 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Orange Democratic Movement ODM has ironed out pending issues ahead of their elections, with party chiefs now expecting a succesful poll.

The party heads to the polls Friday at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani as they seek to elect new leaders in the wake of calls to change the direction in which the party is heading in.

So far there have been various arguments amongst supporters, with the latest one being on the mode of choosing new leaders, with some wanting a secret ballot and others preferring vote by acclamation.

A group led by former Nairobi mayor George Aladwa prefers vote by acclamation, a method they feel is straight forward and kills issues of credibility.

" Acclamation is straightforward and there are no issues like credibility involved, which has been a bone of contention as far as secret ballot is concerned, he said.

Aladwa's group met with party leader Raila Odinga over the matter but it is understood the former Prime Minister favours a secret ballot.

And in a press conference Wednesday, Nyongo said the party would go the secret ballot way, terming calls for acclamation as unfounded and unreal.

" We will use the secret ballot and I think we have always said that from the beginning. It is the more democratic way of doing an election.

" The party wants to show that it is progressive and we will not be saying so if we use a system like acclamation, he explained.

Another bone of contention has been the plan by the party to add more positions to the top brass to prevent a fall-out by election losers but that too was shot down.

" It will be improper to do so now and at this late stage. We want fair competition and we will see what to do as a party after the polls are over, Nyong'o added.

Delegates from all over the country have been slowly arriving for the polls which will see a new breed of party leaders take over from the old folk.

The most high profile battle so far has been that of the Secretary General's position, where Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba and nominated senator Agnes Zani will face off.

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