The elections of ODM party were characterized with riots and ballot papers were destroyed today, 28th February, 2014. The delegates of ODM party had convened from all over the country at Kasarani Gymnasium in Nairobi (Currently known as Safaricom Kasarani Stadium) in the morning and the elections were set to start at 2.00 pm.
The elections of ODM party had kicked off with several guest speakers, among which Secretary General of ODM Professor Anyang` Nyong`o, had addressing the delegates. There were still differences and indecisiveness in which mode was to be used to conduct the ODM party elections in Kenya. Some ODM members and delegates were of the idea of secret balloting and others were for acclamation. Though, they had agreed on secret ballot voting just before the fights erupted.
There were a total of 2800 ODM delegates present in the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi ready to take part in the elections of the party, which have been paralysed. The delegates of ODM from all parts of Kenya have been informed that the ODM Party elections have been postponed until further notice.
The chaos erupted after some names of the people who were vying, were reported missing from the ballot papers, the delegates being alleged to have been more than the ones on the list and there were other disagreements between the various delegates and the board of conducting the election.
The ODM party leader, Raila Odinga is to conduct a press conference to address the issues and to provide a way forward. The Orange Democratic Party in Kenya is currently divided into two groups, one side supporting Ababu Namwamba- Team Fresh and the others supporting the opposing opponent, Agnes Zani.
Dr Kidero, the Governor of Nairobi was missing during the ODM elections, despite having been listed among the speakers in the event.