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Raila, Joho, Oparanya to Battle it Out For ODM Presidential Poll Ticket

by Zablon Ondari
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The National Elections Board (NEB) of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has confirmed that party leader Raila Odinga and his two deputies, Hassan Joho and Wycliffe Oparanya, will contest for the party’s presidential ticket in the upcoming 2022 elections.

In a statement issued in Nairobi on Thursday, 1st March, NEB chairperson Catherine Mumma said the trio had met yesterday’s deadline for submitting applications for ODM’s presidential ticket.

“The NEB will scrutinise the three applications, vet the candidates as required by the ODM elections and nomination rules and subsequent thereto announce the next processes and timetable in accordance with the ODM constitution,” Mumma said.

The ODM party had on 21st January invited members interested in vying for the presidency on its ticket to make formal applications.

Interested members had until Wednesday, 31st March to submit their applications after the NEB extended the deadline from Friday 26th February.

The party said that the aspirants should be Kenyan citizens by birth, registered voters, life members of the ODM party, be the holder of a degree from a university recognised in Kenya, and of high moral standing and integrity.

The party had also asked interested candidates to deposit a non-refundable Ksh1 million so as to participate in the nominations.

This is the first for Joho and Oparanya, both of whom are serving their second terms as the governors in Mombasa and Kakamega respectively, to seek the presidential ticket.

If nominated as the ODM flag bearer, it will be Raila’s fifth attempt at the presidency, having made his first vied in 1997 on a National Development Party ticket.

He contested in 2007, losing to former President Mwai Kibaki in a controversial election. In 2013 and 2017 he lost to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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