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ODM early roadmap ahead of 2022 polls

ODM chairman John Mbadi.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) will embark on restructuring a plan to strengthen its electoral processes ahead of 2022 election.

The party’s 2017 nominations were marred with chaos and outright rigging, leaving some candidates dejected and others defected the party.

The party hopes to cure 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 and plans to change its grassroot leadership ahead of the next election.

“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.

The vibrant law maker said the party is keen on increasing its national representation and expanding the party’s support in counties and constituencies ahead of the 2022 polls.

Earlier a team was constituted to audit the party’s electoral performance in the 2017 election, give a report on electoral reforms and remedies on how it can reinvent itself ahead of 2022 crucial polls.

Led by Catherine Mumma the team will conduct a comprehensive review of nominations and elections rules, party structures, party’s legal policy and institutional framework governing the electoral processes, party ideology, electoral platforms and coalition building and management.

“The taskforce is working independently and will present its report to the National Executive Committee (NEC),” said the party Secretary General Edwin Sifuna.

Earlier, the Director of Political Affairs Opiyo Wandayi claimed that the party was out to “organically’’ improve on its national outlook and fortify its strength.

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