Raila party to pocket billions from nominations

ODM is set to pocket Sh1.5 billion shillings from aspiring leaders who are seeking elective positions during next year’s general elections on its party ticket.

 

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is set to pocket Sh1.5 billion shillings from aspiring leaders who are seeking elective positions during next year’s general elections on its party ticket.

The ODM National Election Board (NEB) has invited applicants for the various positions seeking its certificate for the 2017 elections.

Those aspiring to be the ODM’s presidential flag bearer will have to part with Sh1million.

So far, only party leader Raila Odinga has expressed interest in the position and has already been endorsed by the party’s delegates.

Respective nominations fees

The nomination fee for those aspiring to be governors on an ODM ticket is Sh500, 000.

The party hopes to rake in around Sh170 million in governor’s nominations fees, targeting at least seven applicants across 40 counties in the country.

From the senatorial positions, ODM is targeting Sh70 million from a Sh250, 000 nomination fee from seven applicants per county across 40 counties.

The same number and amount applies to those aspiring to be women representatives.

The biggest chunk of money that the party is expected to reap is from those aspiring to be ODM members of parliament and county assembly members.

The party is expecting at least 10 applicants per constituency across 240 constituencies, each paying Sh250, 000 totalling to Sh600 million.

Another Sh255 million is expected from 10 county assembly aspirants per ward in over 1000 wards across the country with each expected to pay Sh25, 000 nomination fees.

Defended amount

ODM Director of Elections, Junet Mohamed defended the amount saying that anyone who is serious about running for any elective post through its party should show commitment by paying the set fees.

The party justified the billions expected saying that the money will be used to fund the presidential campaigns and finance its other activities.

“Any money that we receive either through the Registrar of Political Parties, donations and contributions comes to the party’s account and are audited by Kenya’s Auditor General,” Mohamed said.

The nominations fees are “non-refundable” and will be paid to ODM by a Bankers Cheque or deposited in the Party’s bank account.

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