Writing was on the wall for Orange party as elections disintegrate
28 February 2014, 18:18
Nairobi - For a party that has for long called itself the 'expression of democracy', the botched ODM elections were an embarrassing spectacle for party leaders and followers.
The scenes that erupted at the Moi Sports Center Kasarani gymnasium were not what party followers and observers expected but neither were they entirely a surprise.
For weeks, tension has been brewing over two aspects of the poll, the voting system and the proposal to create new party posts.
The secret ballot voting system has been widely agreed to be the system of choice, even though there had been growing clamour for an acclamation by a section of party officials who even went to the extent of meeting leader Raila Odinga to convince him to agree to their proposal.
It was however shot down just a day to the elections, with secretary general Anyang Nyong'o saying the decision to go the secret ballot way was unanimous.
The other major issue was on the mission to create new party posts, a decision that had caused a spit in the party with coast delegates especially unhappy with the ploy.
It was decided that the decision would be put to a vote on election day and so it was, as the decision to add new posts was reached but not without some show of anger from sections of the delegates.
And thus when the time for the 2830 delegates to vote arrived, the time bomb exploded.
The pieces will now have to be picked in will be an embarrassing spectacle for the party and will ultimately be met with an age old answer.
" The writing was on the wall"
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