Kenya’s major political parties must avoid the chaotic primaries ahead of the 2022 elections

Chaotic scenes witnessed during the ODM party primaries a few years ago

According to The Centre Election Monitors, all major party primaries in 2013-2017 was a “major flop” and hardly reflecting the reality on the ground as “losers” became “winners” in suspect poorly conducted party primary elections

By The Weekly Vision Online

All major political parties in Kenya are faced with the enduring headache of holding party primaries that often turn chaotic triggering massive fall-outs. In 2013 and 2017 two major coalition parties, Jubilee and NASA held party primaries which were riddled with so many irregularities with claims of outright rigging or buying of certificates flying around.

This triggered a mass fallout as losers crying foul either opted to run as independent candidates or defected to other parties. As the countdown to the crucial 2022 elections begins, stakeholders are urging the IEBC to conduct party primaries.

The call was made by the Centre for Multi-party Democracy which has strongly indicted “mainstream” parties for failing to grow and nurture “eternal democracy.” The centre says political parties which are unable to ensure “internal democracy” should not cry foul when general elections turn out to be rigged or abused saying “what is good for the gander must also be good for the goose.”

According to the centre election monitors, all major party primaries in 2013-2017 was a “major flop” and hardly reflecting the reality on the ground as “losers” became “winners” in suspect poorly conducted party primary elections. The chaos in parties is largely driven by the ethnic nature of support the Kenyan political parties usually enjoy. For example, winning an ODM nomination ticket in some part of the country almost translates into victory at the national poll.

The same happened in Mount Kenya where TNA/Jubilee was calling the shots and primaries became riddled with chaos well aware that the “3 piece” voting would automatically hand them victory. And the same will be the case in DP Ruto UDA Rift valley stronghold.

Perhaps the only exception appears to be the divided Mulembe nation which has ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi, Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetangula, Mukhisa Kituyi and ODM of Raila Odinga.

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