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.

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