FKF Elections board announce new poll dates

By alex wafula
Jan 13, 2022
  • Gharib Suleima is one of the FKF Electoral Board members. The Board announced new dates for the FKF elections.

After being postponed seven times, the Football Kenya Federation Elections board finally announced that the national elections will be held on FEbruary 10.

The board put the process on hold in December after the completion of the sub branch elections when tere were complaints about the voter register.

The board has confirmed all the appeals processes have been completed and of the seven branches which appealed the results at the sub branch, three (Makadara, Nyahururu and Machakos) will have repeat elections.

These will be conducted on Thursday January 14 while the branch elections will be done on January 26.

As a result of the announcement, Kenya will have elected officials by the time FIFA extra ordinary congress is held on February 26. At the extra ordinary congress FIFA will elect a new president to replace Sepp Blatter.

Contestants and voters have been worried about the election dates and the announcement by the board will calm down the tension.

Sam Nyamweya, the FKF president lauded the board for announcing the new dates and has asked all the aspirants to conduct their campaigns in a sober manner to ensure a free and fair process. He has also urged all the contestants to avoid ‘unnecessary’ appeals to ensure the process is expedited.

Elected sub branch officials will be the ones voting in branch officials who will in turn vote in the national office holders together with 16 representatives from Kenyan Premier League clubs, 18 from the lower leagues and representatives from women football, referees and the players’ union.

The winner of the presidential seat will need to get 50% plus one of the votes to be declared winner. The Electoral Board is expected to publish the voter register for the branch elections on its website on Thursday.

Before the dates were announced some of the contestants voiced their concerns over the delay by the Election Board to announce the dates. 

Mwendwa and Amukoa woo voters

Speaking in Eldoret while meeting delegates from North Rift region, FKF presidential aspirant Nick Mwendwa said the electioneering process has been dragged, making it hard to elect new officials.

“This elections’ board should give us voting dates that is dragging, which hurts and hampers football progress in the country,” said Mwendwa.

“We have been patient for a long time with these elections for a long and the secretariat is letting us down. They are not giving us the voting dates, which is against voting ethics. We can't continue dragging elections which is a right of each football lover in the country. And a top selling sporting event in the whole world,” added Mwendwa.

Mwendwa met North Rift delegates made of Nandi, Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet counties.

Another aspirant Andrew Amukoa pitched tent in Rift Valley to woo the region in voting him as the vice chairman. For the second time, Amukoa, met several delegates in the region.

This follows his other visit in October 2015. Speaking on Sunday in Eldoret in his last meeting with some of the delegates from Nandi, Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties, the candidate declared he had enough experience and skills for football management in the country.

Amukoa who is the FKF Western Branch chairman was flanked by NEC member for Western region Ely Mukolwe and North Rift FKF chairman Joseph Kiptash. According to Mukolwe the country needs a mature football administrator in terms of development standards, skills and experience.

Kiptash observed the Rift Valley region should be given enough attention in terms of football development. “There has been wrong assumption that all here are runners yet we have the best talent in football. We need them to be nurtured and I am vying for the region’s NEC post and work with other officials in uplifting the area,” Kiptash said.

Additional reporting by Emmanuel Sabuni in Eldoret