IEBC to rule on ODM primaries

The electoral commission will this morning decide on the fate of the ODM primaries for Busia, Bungoma and Machakos counties set for Saturday.

This came up during Thursday’s meeting between the Nasa principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials.

The commission will discuss the matter internally and rule on the way forward.

Sources at the meeting said ODM’s James Orengo and the party’s executive director, Mr Oduor Ong’wen, asked that the party be allowed to go ahead with its primaries, which it has staggered between Saturday and April 21.

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They had said it would go ahead with the primaries in Busia, Bungoma and Turkana counties.

Political parties had been told by the electoral commission that they should wait until April 13 after gazettement of aspirants’ names.

But ODM’s national elections board chairperson Judith Pareno maintained that its primaries would go on as scheduled.

She said the board in its formal discussions with the IEBC had mutually agreed to have the party conduct its staggered primaries from April 7.

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