IEBC should not con­duct pri­maries, as it han­dles nom­i­na­tion dis­putes – Ny­ong’o

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

The elec­toral agency should not con­duct party pri­maries, Kisumu Se­na­tor Anyang’ Ny­ong’o has said. In the past, the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion acted as a tri­bunal that heard dis­putes aris­ing from party nom­i­na­tions. Who will take up that role if the IEBC runs nom­i­na­tions? he asked. “We can’t al­low the IEBC to do our pri­maries be­cause it’s the body that should be ap­pealed to in the event some­thing goes wrong,” Ny­ong’o said. The se­na­tor said the IEBC should stick to con­duct­ing na­tional elec­tions. Po­lit­i­cal par­ties should con­duct their pri­maries and seek re­dress at the elec­toral agency in case of dis­putes, Ny­ong’o said. He spoke to the press at Akado cen­tre in Seme af­ter a fo­rum with res­i­dents. The se­na­tor said, how­ever, that it is not wrong for the IEBC to con­duct party pri­maries us­ing pub­lic money as it is en­trenched in law.

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