ODM officials and supporters in Homa Bay County have vowed to block tomorrow’s nomination exercise if the delegates list is not made available before hand.
Led by party branch vice chairman Ong’ondo Were, the officials from Kendu Bay, Homa Bay town and Oyugis accused some party National Elections Board (NEB) members of doctoring the list to favour a particular candidate.
“Aspirants were called to Orange House yesterday and issued with a list of 406 delegates. But thereafter, former Nyakach MP Peter Odoyo, who is a commissioner of NEB in charge of Nyanza region, colluded with Monicah Amolo to change the list,” Mr Were said.
He accused Odoyo and Amolo, whose team included the late Homa Bay Senator Otieno Kajwang’ that was ousted as branch officials, of removing names of those perceived to be in the rival camp headed by former Rangwe MP Marting Ogindo.
“Even the aspirants have been duped because they don’t have the true list of the delegates who will vote for them. The election has already been rigged but we warn NEB not to be used by a few disgruntled elements,” he said.
Kenneth Okoth, the chairman of Kasipul Kabondo branch, said his name had been removed from the list and replaced by someone who is not even an official.
“The nomination exercise was initially planned to take part in our constituencybut because the names of our bonafide members have been changed, they have cancelled the plans,” Okoth said.He accused NEB of not revealing the venue to confuse members.
ODM will hold the nomination tomorrow to pick its candidate for the February senatorial by-election occassioned by the Kajwang’s death.