KNA Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party National Chairman John Mbadi has urged youth to vie for elective seats in 2022 using the party ticket.
Mbadi said the party had opened its doors for youth across the country to contest for party tickets and vie in the next year’s general elections.
He said the party was committed to winning the trust of young Kenyans who make the majority of voters and that the party was also keen on letting youth lead the party at the national level.
ODM has been accused of being a party for the old with octogenarians occupying the top leadership positions.
Mr. Mbadi however argued that ODM also has youthful officials at the national level, including party Security General Edwin Sifuna, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and himself.
“Most officials at the grassroot level are youth. We cannot eject elders from the party because they are the ones who give us advice,” Mr Mbadi said.
He spoke during a press briefing in Homa Bay Wednesday morning where he said forthcoming party restructuring will incorporate youths.
ODM has also been criticised for conducting shambolic nominations, where candidates preferred by the party’s top leadership are given tickets to contest for seats.
This has led to violence in previous party primaries, especially in Nyanza which is the party’s stronghold.
Mr. Mbadi said they are restructuring their electoral body ahead of the next poll to eliminate all cases of favouritism, adding that the party has done mistakes in some areas during primaries and is keen to correct them this time.
“Some of the electoral board officials were compromised and impartial. The body has since been disbanded and a new electoral board will be created and it will conduct a free and fair nomination process,” he said.
He said the restructuring of the body is meant to create confidence among aspirants who want to vie on ODM ticket.