Athletics Kenya to hold elections on April 17

By evelyn watta
Mar 13, 2013
  • AK President Isaiah Kiplagat(Right) with the Secretary General David Okeyo.(Photo:SNA File)

Athletics Kenya has finally settled on April 17 for the national elections, initially scheduled for February with the President Isaiah Kiplagat expected to be elected unopposed as.

It will be the first elections under the new AK constitution that will see members drawn from the 47 counties electing the President, four vice presidents (one of which must be a woman), treasurer and an assistant, a public relations officer and three committee members.

Kiplagat who has been at the helm of the track and field body since 1992 listed the new election procedures that will see delegates voted from the county level in line with the new constitution from the obsolete branch system that was centered around constituencies.

“We undertook registration of members in constituencies and in some areas like Kiambu, Kabete, Ruiru there were no members or the numbers were below the stipulated requirement of 30 delegates.

Therefore we decided to shift to the county format who will hold their elections on 3rd April, followed by the regional elections on 10th and the national elections on April 10.”

Kiplagat explained that the designated elections team that carried out the registration exercise would be issuing and receiving nomination forms for the various elective posts.Athletics Kenya had originally planned to hold its elections on February 20 but pushed to April due to the General elections.

Weekend track meeting set for Kasarani 

AK has also shifted the opening Track and Field National Bank of Kenya sponsored Track and field meeting set for Friday and Saturday (15 and 16) to the Moi International sports center Kasarani due to the unavailability of the Nyayo National stadium.

Nyayo was one of the polling centers for last week’s General elections, which prompted the change of dates for the first track meeting from the weekend of 8/9th, but the stadium is still in use by the electoral board.

“Athletics Kenya has been allowed to hold our meeting at Kasarani which had also been set aside to prepare for the inauguration of Kenya’s new President. We have also been forced to make some changes on the calender like holding the institutions meeting on 14/15th May.”

AK also commended Boston Marathon Champion Wesley Korir who was elected as the Cherangany Member of Parliament and Elijah Lagat former Bostown winner who retained his Emgwen seat .

About 10 other active and former runners were elected to the county assembly which Kiplagat hopes will boost the sports agenda in the Legislative and County assemblies.