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Otuoma defends ODM over aborted polls

05 March 2014, 21:02 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Funyula MP Paul Otuoma has defended the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party against claims that the party was not well prepared to hold last week’s aborted polls at Kasarani.

Otuoma, who was vying for the party’s chairmanship said the party was set for the elections.

“Every candidate was assured that the election was going to be free and fair by the party organs that were responsible for conducting the election,” said Otuoma.

He said the party could not have spent funds on an election that it knew would fail.

“We went to all parts of this country to campaign for two weeks, this means that we were ready for the polls,” he said.

However, Otuoma admitted that something was wrong with the number of delegates who were present at the arena and were expected to vote.

“The crowd at the arena was larger than the expected number of delegates, furthermore, my name was missing in the delegates list, I was going to be allowed to vote because I was also vying for a post,” he said.

He urged Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba to present the evidence he has about who caused the chaos to the committee that was formed to investigate the matter.

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