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ODM’s central committee recommends disbandment of National Elections Board

Wednesday, January 10th, 2024 16:11 | By
ODM Central Committee
A section of ODM's Central Committee members led by Raila Odinga. PHOTO/@TheODMparty/X

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) part's Central Committee has recommended disbanding the National Elections Board (NEB).

This follows a meeting of the committee held on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, which also recommended that the party elections be managed at the county level.

"The Central Committee held its first meeting of the year today in Nairobi. Among the recommendations are; the disbandment of the National Elections Board (and) the devolution of party elections to the grassroots. Party elections are to be managed at the County level with two coordinators," ODM stated.

The committee also recommended the formation of a three-member coordinating committee at the national level, which will report to the Central Committee.

"There shall be a co-ordinating committee of three persons at the national level reporting directly to the party’s Central Committee. This is aimed at improving efficiency, credibility and grassroots empowerment in the spirit of revolution which the party holds dearly," the statement added.

ODM's National Coordinating Committee

The committee nominated Beatrice Askul from Turkana County to be a member of the three-person National Coordinating Committee. Emily Awita and Richard Tairo, who served in the disbanded NEB have been retained "for institutional memory". Awita was nominated to be the chairperson.

ODM is also scheduled for a grassroots recruitment exercise and consultative forums in Busia, Vihiga, Bungoma, Lamu, Tana River, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Kwale and Mombasa in January.

The committee also faulted the Kenya Kwanza administration for slashing allocation to political parties by 60 per cent.

"The party takes note of the continued onslaught on funding on political parties. This follows recent slashing of the allocation to political parties fund by 60% in the supplementary budget passed by Parliament. The KK (Kenya Kwanza) administration is hellbent on crippling political parties," the statement added.

The committee also reiterated its support for the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO) report, despite some issues having been rejected by the government side.

"We support the adoption of the NADCO report on account that 18 out of 31 proposals by Azimio were adopted constituting 58% of the final draft. This is a good start. However, KK was adamant on issues affecting the common mwananchi, especially on the reduction of the cost of living," ODM added.

They have also faulted President William Ruto over his recent attacks on the Judiciary, saying they are uncalled for.

"Attacks on the Judiciary by William Ruto and his allies are uncalled for. This and many other actions are traits of a dictator in the making and we call on Kenyans to remain awake and alert against the return of dictatorship and greed," the statement added.

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