, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 9 – Political parties affiliated to the Coalition for Reform and Democracy will only hold joint nominations in Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru municipality.
According to the chairman of the joint nominations board Franklin Bett, all the parties affiliated to CORD are ready for the exercise.
“We had agreed on separate nominations by our CORD members but now we have also agreed on the areas where we will have joint nominations,” he said adding that areas in Nakuru rural will still conduct separate nominations.
The Roads Minister who spoke at Orange House said that the coalitions’ joint nominations board will meet to deliberate the modalities of conducting nominations in the areas, including reaching consensus on how parties will field candidates.
He has warned aspirants to observe all the nomination rules including the need to maintain peace, failure to which they will tackle consequences head-on.
“We must organise our people peacefully as is required within the mandate of the elections board; any person found to be fermenting violence will only have himself to blame because he risks disqualification,” Bett emphasised reassuring that no direct nominations had been issued.
The CORD affiliates will hold nominations on Thursday next week as will other competing parties in the Jubilee and Amani Coalitions.
On Tuesday, CORD rescinded an earlier decision on joint nominations countrywide for its affiliate parties following concerns especially from the small parties in the alliance.
Chama Cha Uzalendo (CCU), The Independent Party, Peoples Democratic Party and five other parties had argued that joint nominations will lock out their candidates.
CCU leader Wavinya Ndeti termed the move as a ploy that risked undermining CORD’s popularity in some areas
Ford Kenya also rejected joint nominations on Monday saying that it would jeopardise its desire to field candidates in areas where it had a strong presence.
The Federal Party of Kenya which is the latest entrant in CORD joined the coalition condition that it is allowed to field its own parliamentary candidates in the March 4, General Election.