FKF Set to Unveil Electoral Board Ahead of Polls Amid Uproar

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FKF President Nick Mwendwa. [Photo: Courtesy]
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) will, on Tuesday, October 8, unveil the electoral board ahead of upcoming elections set for December 21.

The federation has sent out an invite to media houses for the event which will be held at its Goal Project headquarters in Kasarani.

This is a development that comes after the body’s seventh Annual General Meeting held over the weekend from which delegates adopted tough rules for aspirants ahead of the polls. Some of the rules have been vehemently opposed by stakeholders including former president Sam Nyamweya.

“It is sad that the federation has come up with some code which I feel defeats the basic requirements for free and fair elections. For an election to be seen as free, fair and democratic, it is vital that all stakeholders are involved in the entire process from the start,” Nyamweya has said.

Notable from the adopted rules, this time around, a candidate seeking to be elected as president must have a running mate who will become his/her deputy if elected.

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The presidential candidates and their deputies must receive support from nine entities of the federation which includes at least five branches and one club taking part in the Kenyan Premier League, National Super League, National Division One league, Women Premier League and women Division One league.

Candidates seeking to be elected to any of the 11 NEC posts must receive support from at least five members of the federation two of whom are from the region he wants to be elected in and three from other regions.

A branch or a club can only give support to one candidate and those who give more than one support will be declared invalid.

Declaration to support a particular candidate by a branch must be signed by the branch chairman and secretary while club chairmen will sign the declaration for support of a particular contestant.

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It is also mandatory for candidates seeking top positions to adhere to chapter six of the constitution which includes getting clearance from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, present a certificate of good conduct as well as tax compliance.

Furthermore, candidates seeking the position of president and vice president will pay a non-refundable nomination fee of Sh400,000 each while those seeking National Executive Committee (NEC) posts will pay Sh150,000 each as those seeking the posts of county chairmen will part with Sh100,000 apiece.

A tricky one which will definitely lock out many aspirants is the fact that all people seeking elective posts must have been active in football in various capacities either as an executive member, referee, assistant referee, coach, trainer, technical official, medic, player or administrator in three of the last four years before being proposed as a candidate.

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