ODM Promises A Free And Fair Party Nomination Process
Orange Democratic Movement Party has now pledged a free and fair nomination exercise in the coming elections saying it is on course to ensure that cartels in the party are curtailed.
ODM has been on the receiving end in each election for not upholding democracy with some party bosses being accused of collecting bribes and awarding their close relatives certificates and positions.
ODM National Executive Member and Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi says that the latest changes in the party are to ensure a seamless nomination process.
“This time we are not going to have those squabbles we have been having… that every nomination we have, there are several fallouts. We want to have a seamless party nomination process that anybody who loses a nomination knows well that they lost squarely and that the exercise was free and fair,” Tim said
In an overhaul done last year in August ODM kicked out Judy Pareno who was accused of conducting shambolic party nominations that led to ODM’s poor results in the 2017 General Elections.
Pareno’s position was taken over by former Constitution Implementation Commission Catherine Mumma.
The changes also saw the vibrant Lawyer Fred Athuok being shown the door as the disciplinary committee boss.
“The new NEB must quickly settle in and begin preparations for the Party Grassroots Elections. The new Disciplinary Committee likewise is expected to settle down quickly and dispense with urgent pending disciplinary cases involving our MCAs from Nairobi, Bungoma and Nyamira counties,” ODM said in a statement.
“The party structures, especially the NEC, NEB and the Secretariat, have been blamed for conducting the nomination process in a manner that is not transparent and accountable and [they] are thought to be in the business of deliberately staging the chaotic and violent elections as a way of facilitating favorites to end up as nominees of ODM for the General Election,” the statement continued.
By Allan Otieno