ODM changes nominations schedule, starts April 7

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ODM leader Raila Odinga (right) and his deputy Hassan Joho. PHOTO: KENYATODAY

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) on Thursday, March 17, changed its nomination schedule to give MPs enough time to participate in the nation’s budget-making. Party primaries will now begin on April 7, not April 1.

The party’s National Elections Board has also compressed the nomination days from 22 to nine.

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ODM Nominated MP Isaac Mwaura is lifted from the table after he raised concerns about the ODM election ballot papers at the ODM elections at Kasarani Safaricom Stadium. PHOTO: CHARLES KIMANI/THE STAR

Chairperson Judy Pareno and NEB secretary Robert Arunga have on the same breath assured aspirants that the exercise will be free and fair.

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“Only the Board is mandated by the constitution and the organs of the party to conduct the primaries and the issuance of certificates to the winners is the sole prerogative of the Board,” the NEB said in a statement to newsrooms.

In the new timetable, the nominations process will start in Bungoma, Busia and Machakos on April 7. Kisii, Nyamira, Samburu and Trans Nzoia will follow on April 9.

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Nominations at the Coast including Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale will be held on April 11 while Tana River, Siaya and Kisumu will conduct the exercise on April 13.

Come April 15, the nominations will be carried out in Turkana and Kakamega, followed by Kajiado, Taita Taveta and Narok on April 17.

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Homa Bay, Lamu and Migori will do their primaries on April 19, followed by Nakuru, Uasin Gishu and Vihiga on April 21.

In Nairobi, the exercise will be concluded on April 23. Makueni and Garissa will hold theirs the same day.

The nominations which have previously been characterised by violence, continue to elicit a lot of interests in the ODM strongholds of Nyanza, Western and Coast.