Busia ODM party primaries marred by confusion

Busia Deputy Governor Kiziito Wangalwa's car has been smashed, tires deflated, driver attacked by rowdy youth.

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A process that was set to start at 6am is yet to start as late as 10am, thanks to the delay in the disbursement of ballot papers.

The state of affairs has plunged residents in a confusion state, while some seemed exhausted and annoyed by the lack of coordination in the process.

In a rejoinder, however, ODM party has issued a statement saying there was a mix up in the delivery of nomination materials in Teso North and Teso South causing the delay in the two Busia based constituencies.

"We wish to state that the National Elections Board has since sorted out the hitch and the process is now under way," said party communications director Philip Etale.

Incumbent Funyula MP Paul Otuoma is expected to battle out the gubernatorial seat with incumbent Sospeter Ojaamong.

"We are having challenges... voting materials have not yet arrived from six. People are already here but there is nothing happening here," Otuoma told the press.

Otuoma urged the residents not to lose hope but wait for the arrival of the ballot papers.

"Please stay in there we are encouraging them just wait... we hope the ballot papers will be here soon," he added.

The much anticipated party primaries officially kicked off on Thursday and is going on in  Busia, Bungoma and Machakos Counties on day one (today).

Last month, ODM National Elections Board said the nominations across the country will be conducted through a secret ballot.

In a statement, NEB chairperson Judith Pareno said the process will be free, fair and transparent.

She said that anyone who has any intentions to cause violence or harass fellow aspirants will be dealt with.

"We want to assure all our members and aspirants that we do not intend in any way to use alternative modes of nomination including the Mlolongo method," Judith Pareno said.

Meanwhile a vehichle  belonging to the Busia Deputy Governor Kiziito Wangalwa has been smashed, tires deflated, driver attacked by rowdy youth ahead of primaries in the county.

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