An aspirant who lost the Gem constituency seat at the ODM nominations on Wednesday has lodged his complaints before the party’s Appeals Tribunal.
George Jalang’o Midiwo now says that he was to emerge winner if the incumbent MP Elisha Odhiambo did not rig the voting process.
Hearing of the appeal is scheduled for Tuesday April 19 2022 and Jalang’o has asked his supporters to remain calm as the matter is being addressed.“I know that the ODM Appeals Tribunal shall rule in my favour because I was poised to win,” he said.
Speaking to journalists Friday, Jalang’o said that he would have conceded defeat but he is not ready to do so because Odhiambo subverted the will of the people.
Jalang’o said that Odhiambo had colluded with some crooks in the party to illegally configure the electronic gadgets, to gain unfair advantage.
“The electronic voting was not foolproof. Most tablets were configured such that most did not start to count at zero as it ought to have been,” he claimed.
As the voting progressed, the rigging continued, with some kits being snatched and heaped with new voter information from inside balck Prados and Voxys.
The vehicles and their occupants, he said, had been commissioned by Odhiambo.
According to the politician, who is also the late former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo’s elder brother, the reigning MP bought ID numbers at Ksh1,000 across the constituency.
Also, he said that the electronic voting allowed for any member of the ODM from any part of the country to vote.
“The system was accepting any ODM member from anywhere, and it is wrong,” he said.
Further, he noted that the clerks were instructing people on how to click the gadgets to choose preferred candidates.
In the circumstance, Jalang’o said people, especially the elderly, were misled into electing Odhiambo.
Odhiambo, he claimed, had hired goons who unleashed violence on his (Jalang’o) supporters and innocent residents of Gem.