ODM Aspirant Beaten, Injured in Bungled Repeat polls

A repeat of the ODM nominations exercise for the Galbeth Ward in Garissa County on Thursday turned chaotic when one of the aspirants Abdirizak Ismail was beaten and seriously injured by supporters of his rival in a bungled repeat exercise.

Trouble started at KEFRI polling station when Ibrahim Ali insisted that his people must be given a right to vote despite the party returning officer Stephen Odhiambo ordering that the station be closed at 5.30 pm.

Hell broke loose when supporters of Ibrahim on sensing defeat disrupted the counting of votes at KEFRI polling station.

Abdirizak was leading by over 100 votes in 3 of the polling stations that had been counted.

In the ensuing confusion Ibrahim supporters descended on Abdirizak with kicks, blows sending him to the ground.

Police were quickly called in to restore order but arrived when the supporters had also avenged their anger on the ballot boxes destroying them in the process.

A court in Nairobi had again ordered for a repeat of the ODM nomination after Ibrahim Ali sought a court injunction after Abdirizak was issued with a certificate by the IEBC returning officer Dulacha Boru.

Ibdirizak was rushed to a private hospital in Garissa town where he was admitted with head and body bruises.

Addressing the press after receiving his party nomination certificate Abdirizak condemned the incident saying it should not have happened in the first place.

My competitor went out and came back with goons and mercilessly beat up my supporters and myself. It is by the grace of God that I managed to escape, he said.

Efforts to get in touch with Ibrahim were futile as his mobile phone calls went unanswered.

According to one of his staunch supporter’s Ibrahim travelled to Nairobi to seek another court injunction.

Abdirizak was today issued with the party nomination certificate.

He won with 354 against his competitor’s 206.

Source: Kenya News Agency