Primaries losers won’t have window to vie as independent candidates – Registrar of Parties

Primaries losers won’t have window to vie as independent candidates – Registrar of Parties

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,3RD DEC,2021-Those defeated in party primaries will not have a window to vie as independent candidates, Registrar of Political parties Anne Nderitu has said.

Speaking in Naivasha on Friday, Nderitu said candidates must declare in advance if they want to run under a party or as an independent.

“There will be a window where if you are a party candidate you cannot cross over to run as an independent,” she said.

“Once one is defeated during primaries, there is no window for you to jump as an independent candidate.”

Nderitu said Parties should immediately clean their registers.

“We are advising cleaning up of registers by political parties so that those who vote in primaries are members,” she said.

“This list should also be made available to the public online via the e-citizen platform. This time round we don’t expect them to use the registrar of political parties register.”

Nderitu said going into elections, they are looking at the credibility of political parties.

“At the top of the list is the question of political parties primaries. How political party conduct their primaries will determine the credibility of the polls,” she said.

She explained that it was for this reason that they were insisting that parties to ensure registers are clean.

“Only real members should be in the register. Kenyan parties should not be obsessed with big registers. Not all party supporters should be in the register,” she said.

“We have asked Parliament to change the law to give parties a chance to use various methods in their primaries including interviews. But must declare which method will be used.”

Nderitu further said Coalition and merger agreements must be watertight and as per 2019 law.

A law was passed in 2019 to ensure these merger agreements are scrutinized well.

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