ODM leader Raila Odinga has proposed consensus and direct nominations instead of party primaries to avert any fall-outs in the ODM party and the alliance the former prime minister will use its ticket for the presidency.
Despite encouraging dialogue among aspirants to reach a consensus on the best person to fly the party’s flag, Raila said should there be disagreements among hopefuls, delegates, and members, the party will issue direct tickets.
”The party will employ four options to nominate its candidates. The first one will be consensus, while the delegates system will be the second option. The third option will involve the use of party members with membership cards and not just IDs (identity cards). Therefore, those who want to be members of the party should take advantage of the ongoing free registration to be able to participate in the primaries,” Mr. Odinga said when he visited victims of the Kibra fire incident in Nairobi yesterday.
Consensus will be largely used when identifying candidates to field on the joint Jubilee-ODM ticket.
”We are uniting ODM and Jubilee in a coalition deal that will guarantee us several seats, especially here in Nairobi. We want all the seats here right from MCA, MP, senator, Woman Rep, governor and president all under Azimio la Umoja banner,” the ODM leader said.
The ODM-Jubilee merger is keen to retain all aspirants under its umbrella alliance to avoid defections and independent candidates which according to Raila “reduces the party’s chances of benefiting from the political parties funds”.