, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26 – NARC Kenya Party Leader Martha Karua insists that the next general election should be held in December this year and points out the country is already in an election mood.
Speaking at a meeting with parliamentary aspirants at the party’s headquarters, Karua insisted that the prolonged electioneering period to March 2013 was not healthy for the country.
Karua, who has declared interest in the presidency, expressed concerns that public funds were bound to be lost to corruption during campaigns which are already underway.
Karua said: “The Committee of Experts said that they intended for flexibility in the first election between August and December. When we are in election mode Kenyans will not get any services. The Executive and Parliament are all in a campaign mood.”
“We are seeing a lot of projects coming up, they are useful yes but is the hurry to implement them meant to serve Kenyans or to provide campaign money?” she asked.
Karua has challenged the IEBC to fast track electronic voter registration and balloting to make the next election efficient.
“Are they (IEBC) telling us that we will register and vote manually? That is inviting chaos and delays. When there were many candidates in the 2007 elections there were delays, suspicion and then the chaos, what will happen when we are electing six people?” posed Karua.
Apart from electing a President and Member of Parliament, a voter will be required to vote for a Governor, Senator, Women’s representative and the County representative in the next general election.
On Saturday the IEBC conducted mock elections in Malindi and Kajiado North Constituencies in a bid to identify logistical challenges that may hamper the effective conduct and management of elections.
Also tested in the mock election were two voting models one involving six ballot papers and another involving three ballot papers.
Karua emphasised that her party which was the first to comply with provisions of the Political parties Act 2011 will strictly adhere to the law and warned aspirants to forget about direct nominations and roadside declarations of party candidates.
Party Secretary General Danson Mungatana said Narc Kenya had learned a lesson in nominations and will only offer nominations to qualifying members.
The Garsen MP challenged Kenyans to make the next election about issues that affect them and not politicians.
“We will clear candidates who will help the party serve the people. We are prepared to clear even 50 MPs instead of clearing 290 MPs and when they are elected they are preoccupied with street demonstrations,” he explained.
Nominations for those aspiring to vie as members of Parliament on the Narc Kenya ticket will be held on October 13 this year.