The Star (Nairobi)

14 January 2013

Kenya: Big Parties Risky For Women - Official

Big parties are likely to lock women out come January 17, a women leader has cautioned. Coast Maendeleo ya Wanawake Chairperson Sureya Roble Hersi says party primaries will not be fair for women candidates

Hersi asked women aspirants to join smaller parties for direct tickets, saying nominations are similar to mini-elections where only few women can afford.

"I am advising fellow women that party nominations will not be fair to them especially those who are in big parties. It is wise if they came out now and join smaller parties for them to get direct nomination," she said.

"I was in Wiper Democratic Movement (CORD) but I sensed that things will be hard on me and going to court to settle such matters won't help so I jumped to The Republican Congress. At least I am sure my name will be on the ballot box," she said.

"Nominations done without a party membership card shows clearly there is room for rigging. These nominations are going to be unfair and I know many women will loose and this is very unfair," she said.

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