The Star (Nairobi)

15 January 2013

Kenya: IEBC Asks Schools to Close for Nominations

IEBC Chief Executive Officer James Oswago has asked schools to close to facilitate the political party nominations set for Thursday. This announcement comes even as The National Alliance yesterday said it will not use schools for its nomination exercise scheduled for Thursday.

TNA's secretary general Onyango Oloo said the party will use churches, mosques, chief camps, marketplaces and other available public places but not learning institutions.

The party had initially asked the education ministry to consider having schools closed on January 17 so that the facilities can be used for the party primaries.

ODM had also made the same request saying the closure would also ensure the children were safe in case there was any chaos. The Amani coalition had settled on schools as polling centers saying that this will not interrupt learning.

Majority of the public schools are used as voting centers but teachers and parents as well as the Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo are unwilling to let the nominations disrupt the school calendar. The new term started last week with majority of the students reporting to schools by Tuesday.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2013 The Star. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.