The ODM leader Raila Odinga in consultation with the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition governing council has established a 7 member panel to help in picking the best candidate to be considered for the presidential running mate slot.
In a press release on Wednesday, April 27, the council secretary, Junet Mohammed said the panel has until May 10 to come up with a potential candidate deputies Raila.
The panel made up of the clergy and representatives of political parties will key on ending the squabbles within the coalition over who should be named Raila’s running mate.
“A panel of deeply respected elders has graciously agreed to assist Azimio to come up with a competent and suitable running mate candidate to deputize Raila Odinga,” Junet said.
The panel members appointed by Raila are; Bishop Peter Njenga, Archbishop Zaccheus Okoth, Senator Enock Wambua, Michael Orwa, Noah Wekesa, Sheik Mohammed Khalifa, and Beatrice Moe.
“Eligible candidates must demonstrate respect for the people, bring honor to the people and dignity to the office, promote public confidence in the integrity of the office, and demonstrate the value that nomination to the office is a responsibility to serve the people rather than the power to rule them,
“They must also demonstrate personal integrity in public and private life, impartiality in decision making, selfless service based solely on public interest, accountability to the public, and discipline and commitment in service of the people,” June said in the statement.
“The panel shall reach its decision through consensus and shall elect its chairperson. The secretary of the panel shall be Elizabeth Meyo.” Junet added.
The formation of the panel come a day after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati announced that the deadline for submission of running mate names for presidential and governor aspirants had been extended to May 16.
Initially, IEBC had given political parties until April 28 to present the names of the presidential candidates together with the names of their running mates.
Already National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) has forwarded the of Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu for consideration.