Kenya: ODM extends free registration until end of year
Nairobi – The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party extended the ongoing free registration campaign on Wednesday, which was due to expire on Thursday, September 30.
The party said the exercise would continue until the end of the year.
The party launched the free registration exercise on June 30, 2021 as part of the measures to increase its membership.
Party secretary general Edwin Sifuna said the extension is intended to allow for the enlistment of members who have not yet done so, saying they do not want to leave any of their supporters out due to the absence a registration fee of 100 shillings.
“Given the success we have witnessed and the public’s desire to join the party over the past three months, we have decided to extend the free registration for ordinary members which was scheduled to expire September 30 to December 31, 2021,” Sifuna said.
Sifuna called on his supporters to take advantage of massive voter registration by the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and register as voters for the August 2022 elections.
He at the same time called on the commission to deploy sufficient resources both human and material for the exercise to be successful, saying that more than half of the 7 million new voters targeted are in the traditional strongholds of the party. from Nyanza, Western, Coast and Nairobi.
“We urge all grassroots party leaders and all elected and nominated members of the party list to withdraw now to their respective regions to coordinate and support voter registration and mobilize people to get their money back. identity cards for the purpose of voter registration, âhe said.
He further warned that some party members claiming to open offices at the base without reference or consultation with the national office, would face disciplinary action, apparently referring to businessman Jimi Wanjigi who said his interest in the presidency.
Jimi has traveled across the country to set the stage for competing with party leader Raila Odinga in the upcoming nominations.