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Polls a tester of ODM's true strength

20 February 2014, 15:42 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - ODM will hold its elections next week amidst calls for the postponement of the polls and key resignations from party leaders.

ODM party leader Raila Odinga has re-assured party members that next week's elections will be free and fair.

Speaking after a meeting with the party's elections organizing advisory committee, Odinga assured that the elections will be held in an open and conducive space.

The elections will be held on February 28, 2014.

" The elections will be free and fair, I would like to assure everyone, he said. We have done our very best to ensure that the process will be held in the best manner possible, he added.

There have been calls to postpone the elections but Odinga and other party leaders assured that there wold be no need for the postponement.

Secretary General Anyang Nyongo insisted that there is good will from most of the party as regards the elections.

" We have good will from most members and will go in with the elections as planned, he said, stating that most of the modalities for the elections had been met.

Earlier, Nairobi governor Evans Kidero had insisted that the polls be postponed until the party puts its house in order regarding preparedness for the poll.

" It is important that we have elections not just for the sake but so as to build togetherness in the party, he said.

Kidero and key point-men like Kenneth Marende, James Orengo and Nyongo will not vie for positions in the upcoming elections but according to Orengo, the move does not make ODM a weaker party.

" There is always time for change. That time has reached now for ODM and we have to embrace change, he said.

The new boys though, have raised cause for alarm with their continued and insistent fighting over top positions, leading others to say the party will split.

On the spotlight have been Ababu Namwamba and Agnes Zani, who are all vying for the secretary general's post and with rumours of favouritism spreading, there is risk that the party could go south if one side wins.

" Whoever wins or loses will take it with pride and consider that we are doing this for the sake of ODM, Namwamba said.

" It is our party and fighting will only make it weaker.

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