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Raila’s party ODM tighten rules ahead of 2022 polls

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If you want to contest for any political seat in next year’s polls under the Orange party, then brace yourself for tough rules.

Opposition Chief Raila Odinga’s Orange Party has now come with rules in which a person wishing to contest must have been a member of the party for at least two years before elections.

The Frontier Post has established that the National Executive Committee (NEC) in a meeting held on Friday in Nairobi adopted the recommendation from the party’s legal committee.

“The party adopts the recommendations of the standing committee of legal affairs to align its constitution and elections and nominations rules with the constitution of Kenya and applicable national statutes in readiness for next year’s General Election,” reads part of  NEC resolution and read by nominated senator Agnes Zani.

A source who confided in the Frontier Post and also attended the meeting that was chaired by the party leader Raila Odinga said the move is meant to lock out individuals who only come to the party for nomination certificate but show no commitment thereafter.

ODM chairman John Mbadi (Suba South) clarified that they have not changed the laws but have just aligned the party rules with constitution of Kenya.

“We have aligned our nomination rules to the constitution of Kenya. Nothing much has changed,” said Mbadi.

The net effect of the resolution is that those not in the party at the moment now risk being locked out of using ODM as their political vehicle in 2022 polls.

In tightening the party rules, NEC also said nomination results will also be declared only in designated places.

“Results of the party’s nomination will only be declared in designated polling stations. You cannot for instance declare Homa Bay County results in Migori or anywhere else,” said the source.

Raila is said to have told the leaders to go to the ground and conduct civil education on the benefits of the BBI.

According to the source, Raila told his troops to explain to the people the need of increasing allocation to counties by 35 per cent and how each county is set to get an increment in the shareable revenue.

Dr Zani, the deputy Secretary General also said the party remains committed to working with Jubilee on matters of BBI since it is aimed at uniting Kenyans.

“To achieve this, we have resolved to work with the ruling Jubilee party and other like-minded political parties to walk this journey together to the end,” Dr Zani said.

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