ODM has announced dates for primaries in 26 counties ahead of the August 8 general election, a slow process that it says will help prevent chaos.
Two counties will be covered daily from April 1 to 20 and three on the following two days.
The party also announced that nominations would be held in 26 strongholds while direct tickets would be issued in some other counties because they lack stiff competition.
The party led by Raila Odinga will begin its primaries in Turkana and Kakamega counties on April 1.
According to the schedule released yesterday, the party will conduct her nominations in Bungoma and Busia on Apirl 3, Siaya and Trans Nzoia (April 5), Mombasa and Samburu (April 7), Migori and Nyamira (April 9), Narok and Kisii (April 11), Vihiga and Kisumu (April 13), Kilifi and Tana River (April 15), Kajiado and Taita Taveta (April 17), Homa bay and Lamu (April 19), Nakuru, Uasin Gishu and Kale (April 21) and Nairobi, Makueni and Garissa (April 22).
ODM national elections board chairperson Judy Pareno said the exercise will be free and fair.
“We urge aspirants to adhere to the code of conduct. Whoever will engage in hooliganism will have himself /herself to blame,” she said on Friday.
Pareno said the staggered approach to the primaries will give the board enough time to monitor aspirants who have tainted the county’s image in the past.