AK to go to polls

September 2, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, September 2 – Athletics Kenya (AK) will hold its national elections at an Annual general meeting on October 9.

Incumbent chairman Isaiah Kiplagat on Tuesday released election dates for the body which is charged with running athletics in the country.

“The district elections will be on September 27, the provincial ones will be on October 4 and national elections will be on the October 9,” he said.

Kiplagat added that they will again use the delegates system.

“As is our tradition, those elected in the districts will send three delegates to the provincial elections. At the provincials, they will select three who will then participate in the annual general meeting where the national office will be elected,” he observed.

Kenya Police, General Service Unit (GSU), the Armed Forces, Kenya Prisons and Administration Police will also send its delegates.

Kiplagat said that only bonafide members of the body will qualify to stand for election.

“All candidates must fill a nomination form which and include their name, membership number, proposer and membership number and the seconder and their membership number,” said Kiplagat adding, “All national candidates must submit their forms by 6th October noon at Riadha house.”

AK organised a countrywide recruitment drive last year but Kiplagat announced that the process has been stopped until after the elections.

“No new registration of members will take place until after the general elections because we do not want people running around printing their own receipt books and membership cards,” he said.

Outgoing treasurer Joseph Kinyua has declared that he will defend his seat. But the chairman and secretary general David Okeyo would not be drawn as to whether they would be up for re-election.

“I will not comment on whether I will go for re election now. You will find out what I have decided when the nominations are handed in,” he said

During the last elections held in 2004, Kiplagat promised that it would be his last term while Okeyo said he would go for a different post in 2008.

At the last elections, Kiplagat, Kinyua and Okeyo all went in unopposed while Alf Kimani edged out Jack Tuwei to become the first vice chairman. The only other notable poll was the election of Peter Angwenyi as the public relations Officer replacing Francis Nyatome.


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