The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: TNA, URP to Battle in 40 Constituencies

THE Jubilee Coalition has opened up competition between its partners - The National Alliance and United Republican Party - in some of the electoral areas across the country in the upcoming general elections.

Uhuru Kenyatta's TNA and William Ruto's URP will both field candidates for eight Governor's seats, nine Senatorial positions, 10 Women Representatives' slots and in some 44 Constituencies.

In an attempt to zone off their strongholds, the Jubilee Coalition gas allowed internal competition only in South Nyanza, Northern Kenya, Nairobi, Coast and lower Eastern.

URP has kept off Central other than in Kiambu and Tetu, Upper Eastern and Nyanza where there will only be TNA candidates from the coalition.

In return, TNA has kept away from the Rift Valley other than Nakuru, Laikipia and Trans Nzoia and also most of Western Kenya. The two parties have however kept off Busia and Vihiga Counties where they have no candidates for Governor and Senator seats.

TNA has cleared 30 aspirants to contest for governorship but only 22 of them will not face competition from within the coalition. In the Senatorial race the party has cleared 30 aspirants with 21 not facing competition from within.

Ruto's party URP will field Senatorial and Governorship candidates in 20 Counties in the Rift Valley and Western Kenya with eight facing competition from TNA.

In the Governors' race, TNA and URP candidates will fight it out in Isiolo, Narok, Kisii, Mandera, Samburu, Tana River, Marsabit and Narok.

In the Senators' race, the two parties will both field candidates in Mandera, Marsabit, Wajir, Isiolo, Narok, Tana River, Nairobi, Samburu and Nakuru.

URP will also field candidates for women representatives in 14 Counties with 10 facing competition from TNA. TNA on the other hand has cleared 33 aspirants to contest the women representative position but 10 of them will have to compete with URP candidates.

The Counties where the two parties will compete for women seats is in Garissa, Isiolo, Kajiado, Nakuru, TYana River, Lamu, Mandera, Mombasa, Samburu and Tharaka-Nithi.

TNA has cleared 219 aspirants to contest for Parliamentary seats on its ticket while URP has cleared some 141 to fight it out for the MP seats mostly in its strongholds.

This distribution is derived from the coalition's agreement filed with the Registrar of political parties where TNA was given the mandate of conducting nominations in 15 counties while URP would do so in 13 counties.

The agreement said that Uhuru and Ruto would then agree on how they would share out the remaining counties and also agree on where, including constituencies, both parties would both field candidates. However, the agreement limits this to only 12 per cent and the two parties settled for 30 constituencies.

Uhuru is the Jubilee presidential flag-bearer while Ruto is his running-mate in the March 4 elections with their main rivals being perceived to be the Cord Alliance bringing together Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka.

The two parties have also left Water Minister Charity Ngilu's Narc to field candidates for Governorship, Senatorial, Women Representative race in Kitui, Machakos and Makueni.

The TNA Senatorial candidate in Mombasa County will have to face it off with Republican Congress leader Najib Balala who is also one of the Jubilee luminaries.

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