The Coalition for Constitution Implementation Kenya (CCI Kenya) in conjunction with Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders Kenya and Bunge la Mwananchi are concerned by the calls by Jubilee Party asking the the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct its party primaries and are warning the IEBC not to be dragged into conducting political party primaries and instead focus on their constitutional role of conducting general elections.
We are concerned that IEBC’s focus on conducting party primaries will affect their ability to conduct free and fair nominations especially when they conduct primaries whose results are contested by the losers. How will IEBC convince Kenyans that they can conduct free, fair and transparent general elections should the primaries they conduct be contested?
Article 91 states that every political party shall abide by the democratic principles of good governance, promote and practise democracy through regular, fair and free elections within the party and this therefore bestows the burden of conducting party primaries on the political parties and not the IEBC. A political party that cannot conduct its primaries has got no business seeking to form government.
We also note that taxpayers money should not be used to support partisan interests as the law under article 201 is very clear that there shall be openness, accountability and public participation in financial matters and that public money shall be used in a prudent and responsible way. Using taxpayers money to support political party primaries amounts to supporting partisan interests and is not prudent and responsible use of public finances.
Convener CCI Kenya