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ODM to choose presidential candidate in 2016

03 July 2015, 14:01 William Korir

Nairobi - The Orange Democratic Movement ODM will choose its candidate to contest the 2017 elections next year.

The party said Friday that it would decide on its candidate next year in order to have adequate time to prepare for the 2016 polls.

Chairman John Mbadi said that the party would strive to make sure that the polls next year are as clean as possible to ensure that the party approaches the 2016 polls as a unified front.

" We will choose next year, we have decided," he said.

" It is appropriate that we have the candidate known in advance and we prepare moving forward," he added.

Questioned as to whether the candidate would be current party leader Raila Odinga, Mbadi said that the decision would be made by delegates.

" It might or might not be. It is up to the delegates to decide if he will be or it will be someone else. That is not yet decided," he added.

He also said that the move would be to give aggrieved candidates the chance to go to other parties and also give the party time to heal after the nomination process.

" We will be giving a choice to disgruntled candidates to find refuge in other parties, while at the same time allowing time for internal healing and reconciliation after the bruising contests,” Mbadi added.

The party chairman said ODM has learned from its past mistakes and will strengthen its internal systems and structures, including the elections board to professionally manage the primaries.

He also ruled out using the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC for the primaries, saying it would be expensive.

" It is a viable choice, the IEBC but we have to decide if the cost factor will be within our limits, which might not be the case," he stated.

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