Raila explains reasons behind disbandment of ODM Elections Board

CORD leader Raila Odinga in a press briefing
CORD leader Raila Odinga in a press briefing

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has moved to state the circumstances surrounding the disbandment of the party’s National Elections Board (NEB).

In a statement signed by ODM Director of Communications Philip Etale, Raila said that the decision announced last week did not, in any way, signify that the board was incompetent, saying it was a result of recommendations contained in a report by a special task force on the operations of the elections board.

“The decision was contained in a report by the Mr Jotham Nyukuri-led Task Force which recommended the reduction of commissioners to the elections board from the current nine to five among other recommendations,” read the statement in part.

“The task force advised that the new board should comprise of fresh people except for one from the previous board for institutional memory.”

Odinga noted that the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) chose to have the NEB disbanded and all the commissioners retired, save for the chairperson Ms Judith Pareno who will be joined by four new commissioners when the board is reconstituted.

The commissioners, he added, are still officers of the party and are available for re-deployment in other positions within the party.

The CORD leader’s statement comes following reports in a section of the media claiming that the board was disbanded over incompetency.

The board has overseen a number of troubled party elections both at the grassroots and national levels, including the infamous ‘men in black’ incident at Kasarani.


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