- Nominated Senator Judith Pareno said the party’s National Elections Board is expected to meet and vet the hopefuls on Monday.
- The plan to give a direct ticket to one of the aspirants has, in the meantime, angered a number of Migori politicians.
- Observers say ODM opted for a direct nomination to avert chaos and violence associated with party primaries, especially in Nyanza.
Jubilee will not field a candidate in the October 8 Migori Senate by-election, party secretary general Raphael Tuju announced on Sunday.
Mr Tuju said the decision was made “in the interest of the Building Bridges Initiative”, in reference to the March 9 pact between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga.
“The National Management Committee unanimously decided that the party will not field a candidate in the forthcoming by-election,” Mr Tuju said.
That, he added, is in keeping with a similar decision to support Wiper party’s Edith Nyenze for the Kitui West seat following the death of her husband Francis Nyenze, in the March 26 by-election.
Mrs Nyenze eventually emerged the winner.
The decision has come as a boost to the Orange party, which has set in motion the process of identifying a candidate for the seat left vacant following the death of Mr Ben Oluoch-Okello.
On Sunday, Nominated Senator Judith Pareno said the party’s National Elections Board is expected to meet and vet the hopefuls on Monday.
“Friday was the deadline for submission of the applications for the party ticket. NEB will meet to vet those who have applied, in line with the party constitution,” Ms Pareno said.
Among the hopefuls are former cabinet minister Ochillo Ayacko, former Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno, former Students Organisation of Nairobi University chairman David Osiany, former Migori MP John Dache Pessa and businessman Eddy Oketch.
Two members of the former senator’s family — Mr Willis Oluoch Okello and Mr Mark Okundi — have also presented their papers for the ODM ticket.
The plan to give a direct ticket to one of the aspirants has, in the meantime, angered a number of Migori politicians.
On Sunday, ODM chairman John Mbadi sought to clear the air as to why the decision was made.
“The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has given us strict timelines. The commission requires the list of candidates by July 26. Party organs allow us to opt for direct nomination,” Mr Mbadi said.