ODM agrees on changes in nomination process

April 4, 2012 7:40 pm


Raila and Mudavadi in conversation/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 4 – The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Orange Democratic Movement has agreed to repeal a controversial clause in the party’s constitution which guaranteed party leader Raila Odinga an automatic presidential ticket.

At a meeting on Wednesday, the NEC also agreed that forthcoming nominations for the party’s flag bearer will be conducted at the constituency level with 58 delegates per constituency.

This latest move gives Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi an upper hand as he has been pushing for the repeal of the clause and also a grassroots nomination model as opposed to a national delegates’ conference.

A source within the party confirmed this to Capital FM News and said that the party’s legal committee was tasked to fast track the report.

Speaking after a five-hour meeting which was attended by both Odinga and Mudavadi who are the frontrunners for the party ticket, ODM Secretary General Anyang’ Nyong’o said the NEC will meet with the legal committee again next week to settle the matter.

“These nominations and election rules affect many parts of the constitution, which we have spent a lot of time discussing in detail and so the legal committee has to go and look into the constitution very carefully so that no clause contradicts another clause,” he said.

The outcome of next week’s meeting will be transmitted to the ODM National Governing Council (NGC), and then to the National Delegates Congress (NDC) for adoption,” he said after the conclusion of the meeting held on Wednesday.

He added that the recommendation of the NEC to the higher decision making organs will ratify with finality, the two thorny issues of the nomination and election rules and the suggested amendments.

Meanwhile, Nyong’o said the party will also seek to harmonise all nominations rules for all the elective positions from that of President, Governor, Senator, MP, Women representative and County representative.

He said they want to present nomination rules and regulations for all these posts which will be friendly to its members.

“The elections this year will be very complicated, and present a lot of complicated issues to political parties. We want to make sure that we harmonise the nominations to all these offices. We make sure that our members are not subjected to a very complicated process of nominations,” Nyong’o said.

He further said that the party was on Thursday to submit its documents to the Registrar of Political Parties in a bid to comply the Political Parties Act.


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