Vice president Kalonzo Musyoka has urged the Registrar of Parties Lucy Ndung'u to punish parties which fraudulently enlisted members.
He said it is unfair and fraudulent for parties to poach members of their rivals without consent. "Those parties that will be found to have poached members should face sanctions. The registrar should consider taking stern action which includes deregistration as per the law," the VP added.
The Political Parties Act empowers the registrar to deregister a party that fraudulently enlists members. Although, many Kenyans had complained of finding their names missing from their original parties and lodged complaints, no party has been punished.
Kalonzo said it is time for the registrar to flex her muscle over the issue. The VP, who is the Wiper Democratic Movement party leader, said his party was one of the worst hit saying its members are in the process of resigning from those parties that poached them.
The VP asked Wiper members and Kenyans to check their party membership status with the registrar's office to avoid confusion during the general election.
He said wiper is intensifying grassroots registration of members saying by last week the party had registered more than 100,00 members.
Kalonzo was speaking that the party's headquarters in Nairobi when he witnessed the swearing in of eight National Election Board and three National Appeals Board members.
Retired Judge Kasanga Mulwa, Roy Mutisya and Judy Akinyi Sijeny wills serve in the appeals board while the NEB will have Mohamed Ali Mohamed, Richard Wambura, John Katiku, Davies Chelagoi, Leonard Opolo, Sammy Mbova, Mary Muhoho, Mwanamkuu Sudi and Josephine Mong'are.
The VP was accompanied by MPs Mohamed Affey, David Musila, Charles Nyamai, Itwiku Mbai and former government spokeman Alfred Mutua.