The Orange Democratic party (ODM) has condemned yesterday’s incidents of violence at the various polling stations where by-elections were held.
In a statement, Executive Director Oduor Ong’wen says the violence “portends a very bleak future for our electoral democracy.”
Various acts of hooliganism were witnessed as politicians and party supporters clashed. Several MPs were arrested while former Sports CS Richard Echesa was infamously caught on camera slapping an IEBC official.
“We have to choose as a nation whether electoral contests are to be settled through violence or vote-bullet or ballot,” said Ong’wen.
“This must not only be harshly condemned but calls for State, IEBC and political parties to introspect, rethink of our democratic tenets, and retool. The law of jungle should have no place in the choice of leadership of civilized polities.”
At the same time, the party has congratulated its members who part in the elections, and conceded defeat where it lost. “We congratulate Hon. Malach Matara of Kiamokama ward for his resounding victory in the face of serious onslaught by worthy opponents,” read the statement.
Matara scooped 1,907 votes, his nearest challenger Daniel Nyakundi of Party of Economic Democracy, garnering 1,257 votes.
In the Matungu constituency, ODMs’ David Were got 11,000 votes, about 3,000 less than those of Peter Nabulindo, the winner.