IEBC pushed to reject county nominees

Sunday April 21 2013


Groups and leaders have threatened court action to compel the electoral commission to reject lists of nominees to county assemblies.

Minority religious and ethnic groups in Kericho County have threatened to go to court to compel IEBC to reject the list of nominees submitted to it by URP.

Asian, Muslim and Nubian representatives accused party leaders of deliberately failing to consider their people for nominations, going against the Constitution.

Kericho Inter-Faith Network programme coordinator Ajani Abdulkadir Abdulaziz, who led the team, said Article 177 (C) of the Constitution required that marginalised communities, as well as persons with disabilities be given equal opportunities as the majority residents.

Noting that the IEBC had while publishing the list of nominees admitted that there two slots available for nominations, Mr Abdulaziz said the posts should be given to the minority groups.

Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims vice-chairman Alhaji Abdullahi Kiptanui added that exclusion of minority groups in Kericho had been extended to the public sector, where very few members of the communities had been appointed to State positions, with minimal representation in special committees such as the CDF.

The list of nominated County Assembly members was also rejected in Nandi County, where a group of leaders vowed to move to the High Court to block the list.

Area deputy Governor Dominic Biwott and five MPs said they would on Monday move to Court to challenge the list because the genuine list was doctored and was never forwarded to the IEBC.

Some of the candidates who had paid Sh10,000 as application fees for nomination, demanded a refund from their respective parties. Ms Sarah Jemuttai, who was among those who paid the fee but was not nominated, accused the IEBC of producing the list of nominees late saying those with complains had little time to raise objections because the complaint were be handled with on Sunday and Monday.

In Homa Bay County a row erupted over the County Assembly nominees.

The row has pit local MPs, ODM party officials and the youth, who claim that the list does not reflect the face of the county as envisaged in the Constitution.

There are claims that some of the eight constituencies in the county have up to six nominees while others have nil.

In Laikipia County, women leaders accused the Jubilee Coalition of “blatant ethnic insensitivity” in the county. They said it was unfair for TNA to nominate four women from Marmanet ward alone while URP picked all its three nominees from Samburu North where party chairman Francis ole Kaparo comes from.

“We are demanding regional and tribal balance in this county. A party cannot be seen to nominate people from the same community or village in this cosmopolitan region,” spokeswoman Mirriam Githaiga said.

Reported by Tom Matoke, Timothy Kemei, Maurice Kaluoch and Billy Muiruri