ODM Unveils A Raft Of Measures To Bring Credibility To The Party

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By Reuben Olita

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has unveiled a raft of measures aimed at bringing credibility ahead of the party’s primaries.

Addressing aspirants for Governor, Senator, Members of Parliament, Woman Representatives and Members of the County Assembly drawn from Trans Nzoia, Bungoma, Busia, Kakamega and Vihiga Counties, a member of the ODM National Election Board, Catherine Muma said the party’s primaries will be above board.

” We need your support to deliver credible results.There will be central tallying with voting being done in real time, ” she said, adding that computer system used will deliver credible results.

She added, ” Computer enabled voting will reduce amount of fraud. Application of aspirants will be done online with payment also being done online using paybill that is linked to the party account.

Ms Muma said the party will close members registration by 25th February, 2022 to pave way for its scrutiny by the Registrar of political parties; she urged members to verify their registration status by dialling483036#.

Women, youths and persons with disability were given a lifeline in terms of reduced nomination fees.

Male candidates vying for gubernatorial position will pay Ksh.500,000 as nomination fees. Governors who will have women as their running mates will pay Ksh375,000. Women Governors aspirants will pay Ksh250,000.

Those seeking Woman Representative positions will pay Ksh.125,000. Male MPs will pay Ksh.250,000 with female contestants including youth and persons with disability will pay Ksh125,000. MCAs will pay Ksh.50,000 with women, youth and persons with disability paying Ksh.25,000.

Muma said those seeking to be nominated as special elect will need to submit their applications with a payment of Ksh.5,000.

The NEB member said four methods will be used to determine the party’s candidates for various positions. They include consensus, direct nominations, use of delegates systems for presidential candidates and universal suffrage.

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