The Orange Democratic Party (ODM) has had a last minute rescheduling of its first phase of grass root elections, which had been scheduled for August 1, 2015.
According to Nancy Abisai, who was speaking at a press conference in Orange House on behalf of the party’s National Elections Board, the elections were postponed at the request of members from Wajir, Marsabit and Kilifi counties who said they had not adequately conducted civic education to their members because of the Ramadhan period.
“Members from the three counties requested to be given more time to carry out civic education and adequate preparations for the elections; we also received a request from our members from Vihiga,” she said.
She announced that elections in Marsabit, Wajir, Kajiado, Migori, Kilifi and Vihiga counties will now be held on 29th to the 2nd of September and not as earlier announced while in Nairobi County, the exercise will be conducted from September 5th to 8th.
ODM initiated a campaign to mobilize youths to register for Identification Cards in June this year, in an effort to consolidate ground ahead of the 2017 General Elections.
Secretary General Ababu Namwamba was then quoted saying that the exercise will help the youth achieve their aspirations by electing the right leaders.
The campaign known as Tokelezea Initiative aims at registering people of age 18 years and above who have not obtained identification cards.
The upcoming elections will be the first ODM will be holding after the botched one held at the Kasarani Stadium February last year, which was disrupted by the infamous “Men in Black”.