The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Party Nominations May Taint Election

editorial

On Thursday, political parties will carry out their nominations. All indications are that the nominations--despite all assurances to the contrary--will not be as free and fair as the elections boards of the various coalitions have been saying.

The nominations will be quite a revelation to Kenyans as they will be able to see-at first hand--how these parties intend to govern if at all they form the next government.

Internal democracy--where party members can freely and fairly compete for nomination-- is the guiding principles which each party,coalition and presidential nominee is laying claim to.

It will also be intriguing to see which of these parties and coalitions-- all of them claim to be committed to implementing the constitution-- will actually follow their own party constitution and/or coalition agreement--when it comes to elections.

And for those parties in coalitions, it will be interesting to see how they will resolve the conflicts that are inevitable. Will they do so amicably or will they resort to physical confrontations?

But apart from the conduct of the nominations themselves, it is the outcome of the exercise that will give Kenyans an inkling of what to expect come the general elections.

Quote of the day: "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there," Lewis Caroll English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer and author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland died on January 14, 1898.

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