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Youth disrupt training for ODM election clerks in Taita Taveta

Rowdy youth on Monday disrupted a training session for ODM election clerks at the Mwatate CDF hall in Taita-Taveta County.

Mwatate OCPD Francis Mwangi said the unruly youth stormed the hall, broke chairs and left.

He said the youth claimed the appointment of the clerks was done secretly hence the nomination exercise will not be fair.

“They were saying that the clerks were allied to one of the aspirants so they will not allow them to preside over the election,” he said.

He however said the situation had calmed down.

“The training has resumed but we have deployed officers to man the hall,” he said.

The OCPD said there will be tight security in the county during the ODM nominations slated for Tuesday.

Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu said there was need to postpone the county’s ODM primaries until his complaints were addressed.

Speaking to journalists at his Voi office, Mr Mruttu complained despite lodging his complaints to the party’s National Election Board no action has been taken barely a day to nominations.

“I hope by today evening my grievances will be addressed. There is no need to proceed with this exercise because of doubts over fairness,” he said.

He said there was a plot to rig him out and had no confidence in participating in the nomination where he will be facing Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu.

He urged the party election board to address the issues in good time for aspirants to have faith with the exercise.

“I have information that my opponent has also printed his ballot papers. My worry is that all these allegations are not being addressed by the party’s relevant authorities,” he said.

Mr Mruttu also accused his opponent of influencing the selection of polling centres for the exercise.

He named some of the polling centres in Voi, Mwatate and Taveta where residents will be forced to walk for long distance to vote.

“I wonder why a polling station like Mwanyambo Primary (School) in Voi was left out. This is because some of these centres are within my stronghold areas,” he said.

Efforts to reach ODM county election board coordinator Anderson Mwaloma were futile as calls went unanswered.

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