The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party aspirants in Kisii County have deliberated on issues of modalities and how they can settle on common ground in preparations for party primaries set to be conducted tomorrow.
Speaking to the press after the in-house meeting in Kisii town, Kisii County ODM Gubernatorial hopeful Simba Arati stated that the meeting was attended by aspirants for Member of County Assemblies (MCAs), Member of Parliament (MPs) positions, and women representatives.
“I am happy that we have agreed that all candidates will face the people at the ballot except those who agreed at the ward level to step down for others,” said Arati.
Arati noted that they shelved opinion poll results saying candidates will be subjected to the exercise tomorrow because they realised that opinion poll results will create rifts among themselves.
He pointed out that no candidate has been given a direct ticket saying there are 26 candidates out of 45 wards who are single candidates to be given certificates after the exercise.
Arati called for calm during this period adding that they also asked the security apparatus to quickly investigate the killing of one of the aspirants and ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.
“We want to pass our sincere condolences to the family, the people of Bombaba ward, Bomachoge constituency, and Omogusii at large. It is our plea that this is a time of elections and people should tolerate each other. It is not a do or die exercise, we should appreciate each other and stay as brothers and sisters together in one common front,” added Arati.
Kisii ODM Chairman Kerosi Ondieki thanked the Commission and the Board for taking them through everything adding that they are set to use the party list from the Director of Registrar of Political Parties (RPP) that will be verified.