Signs of Panic? Mixed Reactions as ODM Raises Rigging Claims in Kibra

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A section of ODM leaders issuing a press statement on Tuesday. Photo/Courtesy

Just moments after the ODM Party raised rigging concerns in the upcoming Kibra by-elections, a section of Kenyans online have expressed varied reactions with many calling on the party to stop panicking and concentrate on winning the election.

While some welcomed the move by the party calling on supporters to march to the IEBC offices on Thursday as a sign of expressing their displeasure, some found the call unnecessary claiming that ODM was just in a panic mood after realising they had not done their homework well in Kibra.

“Rains have started beating… Sign of despair and panic… Go out and campaign for your candidate otherwise these boardroom stories won’t get you any votes…” posted one user Kirori Chege on Facebook.

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The party has promised to lead its supporters in a demonstration to IEBC offices on Wednesday

On Tuesday afternoon, the party issued a press statement in connection to what they termed as IEBC’s laxity in updating and availing the voter register for Kibra Constituency.

“With three weeks to the by-election, and there being no commitment by the Commission to provide the updated voter register requested by the party, we are left with no option but to question the motive behind the hide and seek game that we are being subjected to,” read part of the statement.

The party, through its top leadership, claimed that IEBC was conspiring with Jubilee Party leaders to rig Imran Okoth out of the Kibra parliamentary race.

Suna East MP Junet Mohamed, who is also ODM’s director of elections, suggested that the breakfasts and frequent meals by the commissioners and the Jubilee-affiliated leaders were used to plot the lock-out of Imran, the ODM flag-bearer in Kibra.

“To express our disappointment at how IEBC is handling the planning of the Kibra by-election, we will be marching to the agency’s Anniversary Towers offices tomorrow (Wednesday, October 9) at 9 am,” revealed Junet in a press conference at Parliament Buildings on Tuesday.

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Junet claimed it was IEBC’s laxity that was breeding suspicion and leading them to start believing rumours doing rounds of secret meetings between top IEBC officials and some Jubilee senior officers.

Here are some of the reactions from both Facebook and Twitter users.

Gabriel Okoyo You’re are talking a lot,yet some of you don’t have a vote in kibra,oh mariga amechukuwa ,oh arror,kimwarer ameweka baba chini,wait,for the game

Peter Davis The fear of the unknown. Odm we know your tricks when you sense defeat. You did the same in 2017 pressors all the time. You will be no.3 in this by-election. Its Mariga then Owalo then yours Imhran in no.3

Kiprono Koech Asiyekubali kushindwa si mshindani…so you opt to go for substitution method instead of democratic manner…go to kibra sell your manifesto if kibra got it well they will pick you

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