Parties rush to beat April 30 deadline

April 6, 2012 10:24 am


ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga/ FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 6 – Political parties are in a rush to comply with the Political Parties Act as fears of deregistration become real.

Existing political parties only have 24 days to meet the new conditions set out in the Act ahead of the April 30 deadline.

KANU, Wiper Democratic Party, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Ford Kenya and the New Ford Kenya have not yet presented their papers to the registrar, three weeks to the deadline.

Only 18 out of 47 parties have presented their registers in accordance with the Political Parties Act which took effect on November 3, 2011.

So far Narc Kenya, the Labour Party of Kenya, the National Vision Party, the Party of Action and the Grand National Union party are the only parties which are now fully registered.

Other parties that have complied so far include: Democratic Party of Kenya (DP), Mazingira, United Democratic Front Party (UDFP), National Democratic Movement (NDM), Restore and Build Kenya and Assistant Minister Peter Kenneth’s Kenya National Congress (KNC).

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is expected to present its party membership list to the Registrar of Political Parties next week ahead of the deadline.

“We will take up certain issues with the registrar particularly with regards to parties that have used unconventional means to recruit members like going to the Registrar of Persons. Some have recruited our ardent members and are making it hard for us to verify our lists,” said ODM Secretary General Anyang Nyong’o.

The United Democratic Movement is also expected to present its papers next week.

Other popular parties that are yet to present their papers include the United Republican Party (URP) and NARC.

KANU Vice chairman Gideon Moi and Secretary General Nick Salat last week by-passed Chairman Uhuru Kenyatta and have called for a special delegates’ conference on April 14 to ratify changes in the party constitution so as to comply with the laws.

This followed a series of postponements of the delegates’ conference that was initially planned for January 30 and later postponed to February 14 and then again to March 30, after which it aborted.

Salat expressed confidence that the party will comply with requirements of the law governing political parties.

Acting registrar Lucy Ndung’u on Thursday told Capital FM News that those parties found to have contravened the law in registering members will automatically be deregistered.

“Section 51 is very clear; we will stick to the letter of the Act and deal decisively with those who do not comply fully with the law on parties,” she said adding that the system being used to track party members does not allow one person to belong to more than one political party.


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