Written by Frankline Bwire
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A section of the women aspirants in Busia County during a capacity building forum undertaken by FIDA. Photo | Frankline Bwire.
Women aspirants from Busia County have called on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to crack whip over political leaders who have started early campaigns.
Led by the Labour Party Chairperson Dr Julia Ojiambo, they said IEBC should spell out clearly the political parties’ calendar, adding that only a few politicians are hoping around the country campaigning.
“While some political leaders are still waiting for the official time to start their campaigns others are having their field day gaining momentum and popularizing their political parties,” she said, adding that they should not be allowed to have advantage over others.
They condemned the political rivalry between the Orange Democratic Movement and the United Democratic Forum, saying it was a recipe for violence in the country following the utterances that have continued to be exchanged.
“They are likely to cause violence and we are seeing it building up. IEBC should intervene in a matter of urgency to ensure the country does not witness a similar mayhem like that of 2007,” said Ojiambo.
She urged the registrar of political parties to come out clearly on the party hoping and enforce the law to ensure that those who defect resign completely from the party.
“The registrar of political parties has the responsibility to the electorates of Kenya and must stand firm to inform Kenyans on the way forward,”
The women candidates were speaking in Busia town during a capacity building forum spearheaded by the Federation of Women Lawyers, where they raised issues pertinent to themselves.
They called on FIDA to ensure their concerns are taken on board among them security and party nominations so that they can be given special attention as the country heads towards the General Election.
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