Why Kisumu, Siaya nominations were canceled

DAILY NATION

Insecurity and delays in delivery of voting materials have been blamed for the postponement of nominations in Kisumu and Siaya counties.

The cancellation of voting in Kisumu was also blamed on lack of a county elections board following the disbandment of the current one by the political parties tribunal.

The primaries were postponed evan as Nyanza regional police boss Willy Lugusa assured residents that there was adequate security to oversee the voting process in Kisumu, Migori, Siaya and Homa Bay counties.

In a statement on Sunday, ODM National Elections Board chairperson Judith Pareno said the voting will be held on Tuesday, depending on the improvement of the security situation.

“The national elections board has assessed the security situation in Kisumu and observed that the planned primaries scheduled for Monday April 24 in the county cannot proceed as scheduled,” Ms Pareno said.

The last minute cancellation was however opposed by aspirants, who accused the national elections board of making partisan decisions.

Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo, Gideo Ochanda of Bondo and Omondi Muluan of Alego-Usonga said the postponement was a demonstration of a lack of preparedness by the party.

“The party wants to attempt what it did in Busia. Unfortunately, they are looking for a formula that will not work,” said Mr Midiwo.