NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 7 – The Amani National Congress (ANC) party has unveiled a 12-member National Elections Board (NEB) and five-member Internal Dispute Resolution Committee (IDRC).
ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi said the two bodies will work towards ensuring that the party conducts free and fair primaries ahead of the August 8 polls.
“I want to assure all ANC members that with these bodies, we’re now ready to conduct the nominations and it is only after the nomination exercise that a person can get a nomination certificate,” Mudavadi told the media on Tuesday accompanied by officials of the two bodies.
Mudavadi said the commissioning of NEB and IDRC will ease political heat within the party as aspirants face off in a scramble for party tickets to contest various elective positions.
“Normally when we get closer to the election, an election fever grips everybody and you start hearing people saying that a nomination certificate has already been given to Mr X or to Madam X when that has not happened,” he pointed out.
The party chief also said the NEB will work closely with political parties allied to the National Super Alliance (NASA) should coalition partners opt to go the joint nominations way.
“This team that has been appointed by the ANC will also liaise with other political parties in NASA so that in the event that there’s any need for a joint nomination somewhere then the team will be involved to ensure fairness and broad participation by all parties.”
Mudavadi said the party was certain of the clout it carries in majority of the regions in the country adding that ANC has a firm footing in all regions except Nairobi and Nyanza where he said the party enjoys relative support and therefore may agree to hold joint primaries with other parties in NASA.
“We’re going to have a very formidable influence in this election. We will field candidates in all parts of the country except for a few areas where we can agree with other parties not to field candidates,” he affirmed.
ANC’s elections board will be chaired by Martin Etyang, an associate professor at Kenyatta University’s School of Economics.
Other members of the board are Dr Alutalala Mukwana, Ibrahim Atosh, Hamadi Musa, Dr Reginah Kitiabi, Rachel Masika, Geoffrey Somoni, Isaac Lukalo, Irene Chepkoech, Alister Murimi, Isaac Litali and Wilfred Nasong’o.
The IDRC will be chaired by High Court advocate Sylvester Ngacho and will include Moses Omondi, Ruth Oniang’o, Emily Kadenyi and Mark Osiche.
ANC is among four Opposition parties which signed a pact on February 22 spelling the agenda of the new NASA coalition effectively annulling the existence of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) founded on December 4, 2012.