By: DAVID KWALIMWA
Football Kenya Federation’s electoral board has been accused of “relaxing the nomination rules” for aspirants contesting for the presidency in the forthcoming elections.
The 12-man board chaired by lawyer Donald Kipkorir on Wednesday cleared six candidates among them incumbent Sam Nyamweya, Nick Mwendwa, Ambrose Rachier, Evans Gor Semelang’o, Ssemi Aina and Sammy Shollei, to contest for the top seat in the forthcoming national football elections on December 14.
The candidates were requested to provide their national ID card, two passport photos, endorsement from branches and registered football teams, plus proof of involvement in football management for the past two years in exchange for a clearance certificate.
Semelang’o has however come out to strongly criticise this criteria.
“I expected them to ask for my academic qualifications, tax compliance certificate, certificate of good conduct from the Directorate of CID and clearance from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption, only for the board members to request for requirements even an ex-convict can deliver without going to his bedroom,” he said.
In their defence, the electoral board’s member Steve Mburu emphasised that the team was compelled to use the eligibility criteria from Fifa and FKF’s rule book.
“We even have candidates who paid the money but failed to bring their nomination papers having failed to meet this criteria. What Kenyans are banking on is for delegates to vote wisely and common sense to prevail,” Mburu said.
At the same time, Mburu confirmed that the electoral board is investigating serious claims of bribery among the cleared aspirants following complaints from Rachier and Nyamweya.
The eagerly anticipated polls are expected to formally commence on Monday, at sub-branch level and end on December 14, when the next boss of Kenyan football will be announced.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION