ODM can­di­dates must be de­voted to the party to get tick­ets

Can­di­dates must be ac­tive in party events six months be­fore nom­i­na­tions

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - FELIX OLICK @olick­fe­lix

Only ded­i­cated and ac­tive ODM mem­bers will be al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate in pri­maries next year, Or­ange House has an­nounced, send­ing a warn­ing to un­com­mit­ted can­di­dates.

ODM’s Na­tional Elec­tions Board said gov­er­nor, sen­a­tor and Na­tional As­sem­bly can­di­dates must demon­strate ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in party pro­grammes six months be­fore nom­i­na­tions.

The re­quire­ment may prove dif­fi­cult to ful­fil for civil ser­vants re­quired to be im­par­tial while serv­ing in of­fice. Party NEB chair­per­son Judy Pareno said the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee may ex­empt some can­di­dates from the strin­gent re­quire­ment.

The re­quire­ments are con­tained a no­tice pub­lished in na­tional news­pa­pers yes­ter­day. Other qual­i­fi­ca­tions for MPs and gov­er­nor can­di­dates in­clude be­ing an ODM life mem­ber.

From the no­tice, it is clear ODM will mint mil­lions from the nom­i­na­tions. A pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates is re­quired to pay Sh1 mil­lion in nom­i­na­tion fees, while gov­er­nors and MPs are re­quired to pay Sh500,000 and Sh250,000, re­spec­tively.

Woman rep­re­sen­ta­tives will pay Sh125,000 for nom­i­na­tion and MCAs Sh25,000 each. ODM cut the nom­i­na­tion fees for woman rep­re­sen­ta­tives as part of its af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion to en­cour­age women to con­test run for elec­tion.

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ODM deputy leader Wy­cliffe Oparanya, party leader Raila Odinga, chair­man John Mbadi and Wa­jir Gov­er­nor Ahmed Ab­dul­lahi dur­ing the party’s Na­tional Govern­ing Coun­cil meet­ing at the Bo­mas of Kenya on Novem­ber 1

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