ODM aspirants to be disqualified if found guilty of violence during party primaries, Odinga warns

ODM aspirants to be disqualified if found guilty of violence during party primaries, Odinga warns

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party leader Raila Odinga has warned that any aspirant found culpable of violence risk being barred from running on the party ticket.

Addressing ODM women aspirants at Multi Media University auditorium, Mr Odinga said firm action will be taken on candidates who will cause mayhem in the upcoming party primaries.

“I have mandated the National Elections Board (NEB) to take stern action including disqualifying aspirants who use underhand tactics including violence during the upcoming nominations,” Odinga said.

He continued, “Our policy of zero tolerance to all forms of political violence especially violence against women aspirants, candidates and party activist must come alive during the nominations,”

READ MORE: ODM party to bar aspirants engaging in violent acts

The party leader cautioned aspirants to be responsible of their actions.

Odinga said the party has laid out strategies to make sure the 12th parliament has the highest number of women elected MPs.

Mr Odinga said his party has classified women as special interest groups and lowered its nomination fees to sh 15000, to motivate more women to run for elective positions.

“We have set up an office to serve all women aspirants. NASA is committed to addressing issues facing women,” he held.  Over 40,000 aspirants have declared the interest to run on the Orange party ticket.

READ MORE: ODM revises its timetable for party primaries

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