IEBC should not con­duct party pri­maries - Salat

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

The IEBC should not be man­dated to con­duct party nom­i­na­tions, Kanu sec­re­tary gen­eral Nick Salat has said.

Salat said the elec­toral agency might not be im­par­tial, which will re­sult in chaos lead­ing to au­to­matic con­cerns about the 2017 gen­eral elec­tion.

“In­stead, I am opin­ing that the par­ties con­duct their own nom­i­na­tions. The IEBC should only man­age the main elec­tions,” he said.

He said the op­po­si­tion par­ties had al­ready shown dis­plea­sure with the com­mis­sion and, there­fore, it should not be al­lowed to over­see the nom­i­na­tions. He spoke at a haram­bee in El­dama Ravine, Baringo county, on Satur­day.

His con­cerns came at a time when some hope­fuls fear the po­lit­i­cal par­ties might give some in­cum­bents di­rect tick­ets at the nom­i­na­tions.

“It should be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the par­ties to nom­i­nate their own suit­able can­di­dates in the pri­maries to avoid chaos ahead of the gen­eral elec­tion,” Salat said.

He said the govern­ment should fast track the ap­point­ment of new IEBC com­mis­sion­ers.

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