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Karua’s Narc Kenya first to apply for registration

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY MOSOKU GEOFFREY

Gichugu MP Martha Karua’s Narc Kenya has become the first political
party to apply for full registration under the new constitution and Political Parties Act 2011. The party submitted its application for full registration yesterday
to the Registrar of Political Parties saying they had complied with section
51,(1) (a) of the Political Parties Act 2011. The section provides that a political party wishing to be registered
must have one thousand registered members in at least a half of the 47
counties. It should also have offices in at least half of the counties.

Narc Kenya, in papers submitted, says it has offices in 35
counties, while it has recruited 1,000 members in 25 counties countrywide. While receiving the papers on behalf of the registrar, Dinah
Riechi said the registrar will scrutinise the papers and respond within seven
days. “We are going to scrutinise the papers and publish the names
of your members in the Kenya gazette within a week and thereafter write back to
you,” Riechi told Karua.

The Gichugu MP was accompanied by secretary general Danson
Mungatana and national youth leader Waithera Chege said Narc Kenya had shown an
example to other parties by complying. “We are the first political party to comply by submitting
for full registration under the new dispensation and we are calling on the registrar
to expeditiously grant us the certificate,” she added.

Among other documents that Narc Kenya submitted were copies
of their amended constitution, list of members, lit of national officials and
retuning the old certificate. Political parties have until April 30 to comply and apply
for full registration; which is 180 days since November 1 when the political parties
act 2011 commenced. Yesterday Mungutana called on the registrar to reign in on briefcase
parties which he said did not even have an office yet they always participate
in elections. The Garsen MP regretted that currently most parties and
leaders were blatantly violating the law yet the office of the registrar and
that of IEBC were silent. “Party hoping is the order of the day while politicians continue
attending harambees in violation of the law yet these offices are silent,”
Mungatana added.