Rules set on Kenyan football’s elections which are set to kick off next month as some candidates fear being ruled out of race.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
The race for the administration of Kenya’s most popular sport has heated up as new guidelines have been set that will no doubt raise a few eyelids among the contestants. The elections are due to be held on November 13th this year and campaigns are in full swing as various contestants look to oust current FKF boss Sam Nyamweya who is also intent on retaining his position.
The rule most likely to bring some tension is a regulation that stipulates that those who are running for the positions of President, Vice President and National Executive Council (NEC) member must have been either a NEC member, referee or assistant referee, coach, trainer, player or any other person responsible for technical, medical or administrative matters in a local club for the last two years.
Another new guideline stipulates that though branch and sub branch members will have their winners determined by the highest number of votes, those vying for the presidency and vice presidency will have to garner at least half of the vote. If none of the candidates acquire the majority and there are more than three candidates vying for one position then the top three will return for a run-off election.
Another talking point was the appeals committee which was launched last week. The rates have been announced on the appeals and they are not very pocket friendly. Appeals involving the president’s position will cost Ksh. 250,000 while an appeal against the vice president’s position will cost Ksh. 150,000. Appeals against NEC members will cost Ksh. 100,000 and those against branch and sub-branch members will cost Ksh. 50,000.
The nomination fee for the presidential candidates was also announced as Ksh. 50,000.