IEBC and Registrar of Political Parties Differ on Kalonzo Musyoka’s Presidential Bid.
The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) are in conflict over Kalonzo’s presidential bid.
It is claimed registrar wrote to IEBC asking it not to clear Kalonzo for the presidency.
It underlined that Wiper had not exhausted the dispute mechanisms outlined in the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition party’s constitution.
Any party seeking to leave Azimio has to do so within 90 days, meaning Kalonzo is time-barred.
According to the Political Parties Act, a party seeking to exit a coalition must do so through the mechanisms provided for by the coalition.
IEBC and Registrar Differ
However, IEBC has argued that it will clear Kalonzo to run for presidency upon establishing that he had complied with the Elections Act.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) intends to stick to what is provided in Section 23 of the Elections Act on qualifications and disqualifications for nomination as President when it clears candidates.
It will only look into the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party agreement if there is a complaint, the commission said.
If someone challenges Kalonzo’s candidature after the clearance, the commission will establish the IEBC Disputes Resolution Committee to look into the matter.
Meanwhile, Kalonzo is being talked to return to Azimio coalition after cutting ties with Raila.
Several attempts are being made and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi is leading the talks.
Kalonzo broke ties after Raila settled for Narc Kenya party leader, Martha Karua, as his running mate.
He announced that he would vie for the presidency and named Andrew Sunkuli as his running mate.
During unveiling Karua as his running mate, Raila gave Kalonzo Chief Minister position if they win the August polls.