By Juney Karisa/Sylvester Ruto
A number of aspirants in Mombasa County are demanding an immediate repeat of the Wiper Democratic Party nomination exercise across the county.
Led by Nyali parliamentary aspirant Mark Ouma, the aspirants accuse Party Secretary Hassan Omar of having a preferred list of people he wants nominated, a move they aver may prove counter-productive to the party during the August polls.
Over 13 aspirants who lost during Wednesday’s Wiper party primaries are up in arms, citing what they claim to be glaring irregularities to be the reason why the risk being candidates of political oblivion in the next five years.
They are now heaping blame on party Secretary General Hassan Omar of allegedly collaborating with the national elections board to have candidates of his choice sail through during the nominations.
Tuesday’s night tallying exercise was characterized by impatient agents, supporters and aspirants culminating in 30 minutes of chaos once the Returning Officer took to the stage to declare the winners of the party primaries.
In the final announcement, Zamzam Mohammed garnered 5,770 votes, beating her opponent Afia Rama who had 2,210 votes for the woman representative position.
John Mcharo will be flying the Nyali MP flag on wiper party ticket after bagging 909 votes, 353 more than his opponent Mark Ouma.
Chaotic moments ensued when David Mulinge was declared the winner of the nomination for the Changamwe parliamentary race.
His rivals supporters fished out buckets of unmarked ballot papers at a nearby vehicle belonging to one of the National Elections Committee Member in the party alleging to have been used to doctor the results.
The senatorial seat would go to Lawrence Kisulu who clinched 4,078 votes beating his opponent Jabess Oduor who had earlier been arrested by police after he was found to be in possession of nomination materials.
Separately, the Orange Democratic Movement-ODM says that the party has finalized preparations for primaries in Kisii County scheduled for Thursday and a repeat of the exercise in Kajiado North Constituency which was called off Tuesday due to a technical hitch.
ODM National Elections Board-NEB also says that a repeat exercise will be conducted in Matungu Constituency as well as Butsotso East Ward in Lurambi constituency in Kakamega County.
Still in Kakamega County, a rerun will be conducted in Butali/Chegulo Ward in Malava and Nzoia Ward in Likuyani Constituency on Thursday.
Speaking at Orange House, ODM’s NEB Secretary Robert Arunga noted that the Board is still deliberating on Tuesday’s cancellation of the nomination exercise in Nakuru West Constituency and at St. Monica polling station in Kitengela Ward of Kajiado East Constituency before coming up with a date of repeat nomination exercise.