ODM unveils its candidates for March by-elections

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The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) on Wednesday unveiled its candidates for the March 4 mini polls in four elective seats across the country.

The party issued nomination certificates to Mr David Were for the Matungu Parliamentary seat, Andrew Ouma (Huruma Ward, Uasin Gishu County) and Stephen Ochieng’ (London Ward, Nakuru County) at a ceremony presided over by ODM deputy leader Wycliffe Oparanya at Chungwa House, Nairobi.

ODM National Elections Board (NEB) Chairperson Catherine Muma said they also issued nomination certificate to Mr Malack Matara for the Kiamokama Ward seat in Kisii County.

Mr Abdulahi Diriye, a member of the party’s NEB, presided over the event in Kisii town. Mr Oparanya, who was flanked by ODM Director of Elections Junet Mohammed, Executive Director Oduor Ong’wen among other party and elected leaders from Western Kenya said they will employ door-to-door campaign strategy to ensure they win the seats.

“Due to the stringent measures and the ban on political gatherings by the President because of Covid-19, we shall go down to the villages and campaign for our candidates, and we are confident we shall win,” Mr Oparanya said.

He said Mr Were having served in Matungu for a record 15 years was experienced to complete the development projects he initiated and those started by the late area MP Justus Murunga.

Mr Junet said the campaigns in Matungu will be under the superstition and command of Mr Oparanya, the Kakamega Governor. “He will be in charge of the campaigns and we will work under his command,” Mr Junet said

Mr Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress (ANC) had hoped that ODM would back its candidate r Peter Nabulindo in the spirit of the Nasa Coalition but the ODM move to clear Mr Were has dashed those hopes.

ANC deputy leader Ayub Savula had told the Nation that they were in talks with ODM to back their candidate for the seat. But Mr Junet said ODM is a national party and urged their opponents to stop the blame game.

“Nobody should question why we are fielding candidates. This is a party in Kenya and not in Tanzania and as such has a right to participate in any election.”

 

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