, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 5 – More than 4,000 ODM delegates will converge at the Kasarani Gymnasium on Friday for the National Delegates Convention (NDC) to endorse party leader Raila Odinga as its Presidential candidate in the August 8 General Election.
The gathering will consist of 3,000 delegates and 1,000 observers and Odinga will be ratified as the ODM presidential candidate after his endorsement by the National Governing Council at the Bomas of Kenya last year, according to party officials.
Odinga’s approval comes just a week after he was declared the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential flag bearer to face President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August polls.
Raila’s four other NASA co-principals—Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Isaac Ruto–were also expected to attend the convention as observers, in a gathering which is expected to be attended by international guests as well as civil society activists.
The ODM meeting will be a formality as the law requires that the NDC, the supreme organ for the party, endorses or ratifies the nomination of a presidential candidate before seeking clearance at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The Jubilee Party will also hold a special National Delegates Convention at the Bomas of Kenya tomorrow, to endorse President Uhuru Kenyatta as its presidential candidate.