Wednesday, February 2, 2022 – The planned scheme by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to overthrow the ODM Constitution has hit a snag.

This is after the Registrar of Political Parties declined to heed his request to amend the ODM Constitution to suit him, saying the changes were non-compliant with the Political Parties Act.

In a letter dated January 17, the Registrar of Political Parties Ann Nderitu referred back the matter to the party for more action.

 “Following a review of the submitted Constitution, we note that the same is non-compliant with Section 9 of the Political Parties Act (PPA), 2011 and the Second Schedule of the Act,” Nderitu said in a response to ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna.

Among issues raised by the registrar include failure by the party to provide the option of membership details to be contained in the register, including identification details, region, ethnicity, disability, gender, and county.

Secondly, the requirement for continuous updating of the membership register was not complied with by the party.

Thirdly the quorum for meetings of the governing body was not specified in the amended constitution as required by the law.

Lastly, the party failed to provide clear rules, procedures, and guidelines for entering into mergers with other parties.

“Kindly review the constitution to provide for the aforementioned matters in our Constitution to enable this Office update your party records appropriately and process the gazette notice,” Nderitu added

The registrar further directed the party to submit crucial documents in line with Section 20(1) of the PPA, 2011 and Regulation 7 and 8 of the Political Parties (Registration) Regulations 2019.

ODM was directed to submit the notice calling for the meeting where the resolution to change the party Constitution was made and certified minutes of the said meeting.

The party was also required to submit the signed list of participants of the meeting clearly indicating their designations and duly filled statutory form PP11 on changes of party Constitution.

This comes even as Baba’s effort to amend the Kenyan Constitution through BBI backfired after the courts ruled against him.


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