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Raila's sister opposed to ODM issuing direct tickets to aspirants

She noted that if the party doesn't get it right with direct tickets, it will affect Raila's presidential bid.

In Summary

• Ruth who is seeking the ODM ticket to vie for Kisumu County Woman Representative insisted on facing other aspirants seeking the ticket at the ballot.

• The former Kisumu County Deputy Governor poked holes into the use of polls to give direct tickets saying that incumbents have been the biggest beneficiaries of the polls.

Kisumu woman representative aspirant Ruth Odinga during a meeting with diaspora members at Ofafa Memorial Hall on Sunday.
Kisumu woman representative aspirant Ruth Odinga during a meeting with diaspora members at Ofafa Memorial Hall on Sunday.
Image: MAURICE ALAL

ODM leader Raila Odinga's sister Ruth Odinga has said that she does not believe in being people being handed direct tickets by the party.

Ruth, who is seeking the ODM ticket to vie for Kisumu County Woman Representative, insisted on facing other aspirants seeking the ticket on the ballot.

She noted that if the party doesn't get it right with direct tickets, it will affect Raila's presidential bid.

"I am opposed to a direct ticket, let’s go to the ballot... The direct ticket does not work for me," Ruth told Citizen TV on Wednesday.

"I would go for either one of them, nomination or consensus as long as it is willingly done among aspirants and not being coerced," she said.

Ruth rubbished claims that Raila has been the force behind her political journey, saying it was unfair having to defend herself over the matter yet she is a self-made politician.

"Why don't I have a direct ticket?" she posed.

The former Kisumu County Deputy Governor poked holes into the use of opinion polls to give direct tickets saying that incumbents have been the biggest beneficiaries of the polls.

Ruth added that the system is unfair to other aspirants.

"Even now incumbents do not get to go back with more than 50-57%, but when we are seeing incumbents get 70% and are all being given direct tickets, it becomes a very unfair system. I'd rather we go to the ballot."

On Tuesday, the ODM National Elections Board chairperson Catherine Muma said the electorates only have an opportunity of nominating a Women representative and 30 Ward Representatives.

They will also get the chance to conduct nominations in three constituencies.

Reports said that aspirants in the remaining slots already have direct tickets.

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