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Monday, April 24, 2017

Primaries mess bodes ill for our democracy

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya speaks to one of the ODM aspirants outside Social Hall in Kakamega after addressing ODM aspirants ahead of the forth coming party primaries this week. /CALISTUS LUCHETU
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya speaks to one of the ODM aspirants outside Social Hall in Kakamega after addressing ODM aspirants ahead of the forth coming party primaries this week. /CALISTUS LUCHETU

It’s ‘party time’ as political parties pick their ‘best’ men and women for the General Election.

But if what we have witnessed so far is anything to go by, we still have a long way to go to ensure democratic values take root at the party level.

A party ticket in some places is literally a direct ticket to governorship, National Assembly, Senate or county assembly,

and contestants stop at nothing to secure it.

It is, therefore, quite unfortunate when a party gets it wrong at the primaries and citizens end up with the wrong choice — because some candidates

are better at rigging and stuffing ballot boxes than their opponents.

Jubilee’s proposal for the IEBC help run primaries should have been adopted.

Though struggling with its own credibility issues, the IEBC is definitely better placed to conduct primaries than hand-picked party officials with huge vested interests in the outcome.

Our democracy will only strengthen if we get it right in party primaries.


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