Will Homa Bay residents agree to 'handpicked' Senator?
17 December 2014, 16:00
Nairobi - The Orange Democratic Movement ODM will handpick its candidate for the Homa Bay Senatorial race, a move that might not go down well with supporters.
The party announced Wednesday that following chaos that erupted during the nomination exercise Tuesday, it would go for a direct nomination exercise instead of holding electoral nominations.
But the move is likely to cause concern in a County that has already seen chaos erupt over potential candidates.
Youth in the region have already protested the candidacy of the late Senator Otieno Kajwang's brother Moses, saying it is being forced on them.
They have also caused problems with the candidature of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga's aide Caroli Omondi.
Thus a candidate is likely not going to come from the two, according to sources.
A likely candidate is former politician Philip Okundi and businessman Fred Rabongo.
" This is going to be a tough decision for the party because they do not want to be in a position where supporters are against their choice. That will not be good," political analyst Michael Njenga says.
" The choice will have to reflect the will of the people unless they want to stoke trouble like has been seen so far," he adds.
The decision on who will represent the party in the February by election will be made by the end of the week, with the IEBC deadline on the matter set for Friday 19 December.
Odinga had been rooted for as a potential candidate for the seat but he decided to pull out after opposition from youth in the region.
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