The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has embarked on a restructuring plan to strengthen its electoral processes and grassroots leadership ahead of 2022.
The party is mainly targeting to curb the chaotic party primaries that dog it every election cycle leading to disquiet and internal rebellion.
According to party chairman John Mbadi, the ODM leadership wants to adopt better nominations methods in the next elections.
“We are looking at all avenues, including but not limited to issuing direct nominations tickets three months to the polls or maintaining universal suffrage,’’ Mbadi said adding that ODM is keen on increasing its national representation ahead of the 2022 polls.
“ODM wants to change the leadership of Parliament by creating more electoral reforms and people-centered democratic values. Its not easy, but we are working on it,” he said.
“We are keen on expanding the party’s support in counties and constituencies,’’ he added. The party is awaiting a task force report on electoral reforms and remedies on how it can reinvent itself ahead of the crucial 2022 polls.
So far, a team led by Catherine Mumma had been constituted to audit its electoral performance in the 2017 elections is compiling a report that will be handed to ODM’s top leadership soon.
Mumma’s team was also charged with the task of reviewing party ideology, electoral platforms and coalition building and management.
Other members are Larry Gumbe, Irshad Sumra, Alfelt Gunda and Tony Moturi, who is the secretary.
ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna has averred that the team was given 90 days to present a report and that it still has one month to conclude its work.
“They are also to consider and review the party’s legal, policy and institutional framework governing the electoral processes,’’ Sifuna said.
“Once the reforms report us tabled and adopted, we will look for all the people who defected and woo them back to the party,’’
Mbadi said The party’s 2017 nominations were marred with chaos and outright rigging, leaving some candidates dejected. Most of the aggrieved defected to fringe parties. ODM has a 76 elected and nominated MPs and 20 Senators.
Director of Political Affairs Opiyo Wandayi claimed that the party was out to “organically’’ improve on its national outlook and fortify its strength.
“We expect that individual party officials will perform different kinds of labour that will make us collectively, succeed,’’ he said.
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