Lobby calls for free, fair primaries ahead of polls

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 00:07 |
A new elector registers at the IEBC registration centre in Mvita sub-county during the ongoing voter registration exercise. Photo/PD/NDEGWA GATHUNGU

Political parties have been challenged to ensure upcoming party primaries are free and fair to promote democracy.

Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance (CEDGG) expressed concern that few women may be elected to office in next year’s general Election if party nominations are not transparent.

 CEDGG programmes officer Paul Masese said discrimination, unfairness and violence against women during political party nominations have discouraged women from vying for elective positions. 

He asked women eyeing the presidency, Senate, governorship, Woman Rep, Member of National Assembly and Member of County Assembly to come out and declare their candidature.

So far, only one woman has declared interest in the top seat in the 2022 General Election.

Masese said parties need to create a level playing ground for women saying any woman who seeks nomination should be adequately facilitated as a member and a viable candidate for the outfit.

He urged the government to implement the Political Parties Act and the Elections Act to curb early campaigns and ensure there is a level playing ground for all aspirants.

Top politicians have been criss crossing the country hunting for votes in total violation of the Elections Act.

“ We expect the IEBC to take action against them to ensure that we do not whip up emotions and incite Kenyans to violence,” said Masese.

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