Kibra by-election: ODM releases list of 10 candidates ahead of Saturday nomination


Kibra by-election: ODM releases list of 10 candidates ahead of Saturday nomination
ODM party leader Raila Odinga with party officials and Kibra by-election aspirants after a meeting on September 4, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • The party’s NEB, in a statement to newsrooms on Thursday, assured the candidates that the exercise will be free, fair and transparent, adding that all the necessary preparations had been finalized.
  • NEB Chairperson Senator Judith Pareno stated that the board held consultations with the Nairobi County Security team which assured them of maximum security during the nominations exercise.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has officially released the list of the 10 candidates seeking the party’s ticket for the Kibra by-election ahead of Saturday’s nomination exercise.

The party’s National Elections Board (NEB), in a statement to newsrooms on Thursday, assured the candidates that the exercise will be free, fair and transparent, adding that all the necessary preparations had been finalized.

NEB Chairperson Senator Judith Pareno stated that the board held consultations with the Nairobi County Security team which assured them of maximum security during the nominations exercise.

Ms. Pareno added that the nomination exercise shall be held in all the 24 centres comprising 180 polling stations, gazetted by the IEBC, adding that candidates who go against the nomination rules such as by causing violence will be disqualified.

“We met with the County Commander of Police yesterday and placed our request for security personnel to be provided for the exercise. They assured us that they will provide two police officers per every polling station and additional officers to patrol the entire constituency during the exercise,” said Ms. Pareno.

“Every polling station shall have a Presiding Officer and two clerks. There will be the party membership register and members shall be required to carry their national Identification Cards to take part in the exercise.”

She said the Dispute Resolution Tribunal comprising of three members has been set up to deal with any dispute that will arise as a result of the exercise.

The tribunal will sit on September 8 and listen to any dispute and make a determination in readiness for the winner’s name to be presented to the IEBC the following day.

The ten aspirants are;

  1. Stephen Okello Oguwa
  2. Christone Odhiambo Owino
  3. Peter Ochieng’ Orero
  4. Tony Ogola Sira Sine
  5. Reuben William Ayako Ojijo
  6. Obaricks Eric Ochieng’ Obayi
  7. Brian Shem Owino
  8. Benson Musungu
  9. John Milla Otieno
  10. Bernard Otieno Okoth

“We want every candidate to be satisfied and it is our prayer that all the aspirants will behave well to make the exercise a success,” said ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna.

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