George Kebaso @Morarak
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has unveiled a five-member task force that will audit the party’s performance in the previous elections and assess the relationship with other political entities it has Coalitions with.
ODM’s move is also meant to help the party tighten loopholes that have seen members raise credibility issues in previous party nominations.
The team, which is headed by lawyer Catherine Mumma, has 90 days to carry out the exercise and report its findings and recommendations to the Party’s Election Committee. Other members of the committee include Prof Larry Gumbe, former Embakasi East MP Irshad Sumra, Alfelt Gunda and party lawyer, Tony Moturi.
“As you are aware, the National Governing Council of the Party met on February 23 and among the resolutions passed, was the establishment of a panel of eminent party members to conduct a comprehensive review of nomination and election rules, nomination structures, review of party ideology, electoral platforms and coalition building and management,” said the Party Secretary General, Edwin Sifuna in a statement yesterday.
Last year ODM suffered a huge blow when a number of candidates — who failed to clinch party tickets for the August 8 election – won as independent candidates.
“In last year’s general election, the party saw a number of Members of the County assembly (MCAs) and Members of Parliament win as Independents. But now the Party is keen to correct this costly turn of events,” a source confided.