NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 19 – The much anticipated National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) elections will not be held this year.
NOCK Secretary General F.K Paul said they are not under any obligation to hold the polls in 2016 in accordance with the roadmap spelt out by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Paul said the world governing Olympic body IOC did not give a deadline but only issued guidelines saying the directive was misinterpreted.
“We first have to finish the constitutional review process which currently is ongoing before NOCK coming up with the roadmap to elections,” he said.
Paul said the 31st Olympiad by IOC will be closed on December 31 where they have to give an audit to its affiliates before the 32nd Olympiad is opened on January, 2017 to run until 2022.
“As NOCK we need sufficient time to carry our audit before submitting it to IOC and therefore that will not be possible for us to hold the polls this year as much of the time now is to audit our accounts and comply with IOC statutes in time,” he said.
The Secretary General added that NOCK will convene an Extra Ordinary General meeting after the constitutional review process is over for endorsement and then set the elections date.
The official said the government is frustrating the process by being uncooperative and is not following what was agreed during a meeting in Lausane with IOC.
“Sports Minister Hassan Wario was supposed to rescind or denounce the move he took in disbanding NOCK publicly just as he did when made the move.”
Paul said according to the agreement in Lausanne, the government was supposed to dialogue with NOCK on the roadmap to a new constitution and fresh polls something the minister has failed to initiate.
In a September 1, a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland between representatives from the IOC, NOCK and the Kenyan Government was convened to resolve the leadership impasse of the local umbrella body after it was disbanded by Wario.
In the meeting attended by a Kipchoge Keino-led NOCK and a delegation from the Ministry of Sports, headed by Wario, IOC ordered its Kenyan affiliate to convene an Extraordinary General Assembly in accordance with the current constitution and Olympic Charter to address and solve issues.
It was agreed that NOCK’s constitution be reviewed and the proposed amendments submitted to the IOC for approval in accordance with the Olympic Charter.
In a statement released by Jerome Poivey, the IOC Head of Institutional Relations and Governance, instructed its Kenyan affiliate to hold elections under a new constitution by December 31.
But according to the global body, the process leading to NOCK’s quadrennial elections must be agreed to by all member federations at the General Assembly.