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TNA extends limit to submit nomination papers

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – The National Alliance (TNA) has extended the deadline for aspirants’ submission of party nomination papers to November 15.

The party explained that the extension was to give enough time to aspirants who would have been locked out due to the lengthy process involved in securing all documents required for clearance by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

The month-long extension follows an agreement reached during an aspirants’ forum last Friday, where the party nomination rules were adopted.

The date for submission of the party nomination papers expired on Monday, October 15.

A 50 percent waiver of the nomination fees was accorded to all of the women aspirants, the youth, and minority and marginalised groups.

“We pledge to waive half of the nomination fees to all of the women aspirants, youth, persons with disabilities and the marginalised,” said the party’s Director of Communications Machel Waikenda.

Waikenda has encouraged all the interested candidates to apply and also called upon all qualified persons wishing to be considered to the party list to apply in good time.

“People wishing to be on the party lists as Members of the National Assembly, the Senate and County Assembly should also apply in time,” he added.

TNA on Wednesday beat the deadline of submitting the nomination rules.

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TNA chairman Johnson Sakaja said that the party’s rules are progressive as they establish structures in devolved government units and that they are friendly to the youth and other disadvantaged groups.

“These rules have come up as a result of a consultative process; we had to take all our aspirants through the rules last week so that they endorse them. The rules underscore our commitment as a party to have free and fair nomination processes,” said Sakaja, boasting that the nominations expected to be conducted on December 10 will be pace setting in the political arena.

TNA has also set up a young aspirants’ fund to support the campaigns of candidates aged between 18 and 25 years who make it through the nomination process.

Last week TNA and the Party of National Unity (PNU) formally signed a coalition agreement in which PNU will not field candidates in the 2013 general elections.

Under the agreement, members of PNU who wish to contest the elections are compelled to join TNA.

The agreement further says that: “All Members of the Party of National Unity seeking nomination to contest for any elective position at either the National or County government level for the General Election of 2013 will do so under the auspices and as per the rules, regulations and framework of The National Alliance and should apply for The National Alliance Membership on or before 17th October, 2012.”

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