Two previously registered political parties deregistered

Nyongo recieving compliance certificate on behalf of ODM/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 30, 2012- Two previously registered political parties were deregistered while three others are left in the balance after they failed to comply with the deadline for application for full registration that expired at 5Pm on Monday.

Ford Asili and the Party of Hope were the first victims of the new law on parties as they were deregistered after their officials failed to present their applications for registration.

The Kenya National Democratic alliance {KENDA), Kenya African Democratic Development Union (KADDU) Vijana Progressive Alliance (VIPA) and the Muungano Development Movement Party (MDM) were also left hanging after the office of the registrar failed to complete verification of their papers on Monday night.

Despite presenting their papers hours ahead of the deadline, KENDA led by Goldernberg architect and KADDU associated with Cyrus Jirongo, their documents contained many errors that made verification hectic to complete within the working hours on Monday.

The parties have been instructed to visit the registrar’s office on Wednesday to complete the verification under the law they are considered deregistered.

MDM officials complained bitterly after the office of the registrar failed to officially acknowledge the receipt of the papers.
“We were here since 3 PM and could not meet the registrar or their officials to serve us so we have left them with the papers,” said MDM chairman Titus Muunda who said that they had already complied.

Interviews with the various officials of the parties that failed to beat the deadline all converged at the fact that many members had been registered by other parties.

The Federal Party of Kenya led by Gor Semelang’o, Saba Saba Asili ,Sisi Kwa Sisi and the farmers party successfully navigated the rush to beat the deadline.

Earlier on Monday acting Registrar Lucy Ndung’u the face de-registered parties will close shop as political parties and will be required to seek for fresh provisional and thereafter full registration.

“They must definitely cease to operate as political parties; however they will have a chance to apply for provisional registration and then comply with the Political parties Act for full registration,” she said.

The Political Parties Act under Article 5(5) provides that: “The provisional registration of a political party which has not applied for full registration shall lapse at the expiry of one hundred and eighty days from the date of issue of the certificate of the provisional registration.”

She said that her office will hasten the process of verifying documents that have been so presented by both new and previously registered parties.

48 political parties had applied for registration by on Monday, while only half of them had received their certificates for registration by end of Monday.

“We have issued 24 certificates and will still issue many more, we will also fast track the verification of documents lodged in applications by other parties,” Ndung’u added.

Meanwhile, the People’s Party of Kenya, Ford-Kenya Ford People and The Independent Party received their certificates of registration

Other parties that have previously received certificates of full registration include, The Party of National Unity, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), the Alliance party of Kenya formerly PNU Alliance, Kenya National Congress led by Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth the Party of Action and the Democratic Party.

LORDRICK MAYABI

Lordrick is a graduate of the University of Nairobi with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. He is passionate about political and governance issues. He also takes keen interest in human rights matters, justice and is fond of sports.