With slightly over one-and-a-half years left to the 2022 general elections, political parties are now coming out in full swing to put their houses in order before they enter the main campaign trail for the coming polls. The latest party to make moves is the Orange Democratic Movement – ODM that has announced the plans to revamp the party and also laid modalities of picking its presidential candidate for the 2022 polls.
Speaking while addressing the media at the party headquarters in Chungwa House, the party secretary general Edwin Sifuna revealed that ODM has directed it’s elections board to start the process of picking the party presidential flag bearer within the next three days.
“The national elections board has been directed to immediately begin the process of identifying the party’s presidential candidate for the purposes of the 2022 elections,” said Sifuna during the press briefing.
He added the elections board will invite applications from those who are interested to express their interest. The board has now been tasked to put the advertisement in the media both print and electronic within the next three days.
Accompanied by other senior party officials including the two deputy party leaders governors Wycliffe Oparanya of Kakamega and his Mombasa counterpart Ali Hassan Joho, the secretary general further revealed that the party is now launching its 2022 campaign plans in which the party leadership is to be revamped soon at the grass roots.
“The national elections board has been directed to begin the process of revamping the grass roots party structures through harmonization processes to fill existing gaps in party leadership at the ward, branch and county levels,” added Sifuna.
He said that the elections board will soon within seven days release a timetable to guide on how the revamping of the grassroots leadership will be conducted.
However many people think that the announcement to start the process seems just a formality to justify ODM leader Raila Odinga’s candidature and prove that the process was democratic.
However the announcement also raises questions about the future of the handshake and BBI that has all along been championed by president Uhuru kenaytta and Raila Odinga.
The unity between the two former fierce opponents turned friends is now put to test even before they are done with the aspirations of a referendum to change the constitution ahead of the 2022 elections.
Other party officials who attended the briefing at Chungwa House included Siaya senator James Orengo, ODM chair John Mbadi, Homabay woman Representative Gladys Wanga, Suna East MP Junet Mohammed and his Ugunja counterpart Opiyo Wandayi among others.