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Alliances face major dilemma as nomination falling out looms

NAIROBI
By - | December 8th 2012

By Francis Ngige

Pre-election alliances entered into by various political parties may be running into fresh hurdles with the nomination of presidential flag bearers becoming acid test.

Different parties are walking a tightrope as they craft nominations rules and procedures that will ensure there would be no split among coalitions members.

Already, the TNA/URP/UDF coalition is reeling from a backlash after TNA allied MPs accused some members of the political pact of trying to influence the nomination of the flag bearer. In the ODM/Wiper coalition, known as Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord), the members will be sweating on how to settle on a presidential candidate, with Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice-President keen to carry the ticket.

Raila made an easy ride yesterday with ODM clearing him to be the party presidential candidate, but the hard part is where he would be expected to participate in a joint nomination with Kalonzo. To stem the revolt in the coalition between Deputy Prime Ministers Uhuru Kenyatta, Musalia Mudavadi, and Eldoret North MP William Ruto the team yesterday named a joint committee to work out nomination rules.

The committee comprises Justice (rtd) Aaron Ringera and lawyer Jasper Mbiuki of TNA, MPs Abdikadir Mohammed and Nderitu Muriithi of UDF, and Kipchumba Murkomen representing URP.

According to insiders involved in crafting of the coalitions, nomination procedure has led to cracks just a day after the pacts were signed.

“I can tell you that the situation is fragile since it is not clear how the nomination would be conducted. Are we going to have delegates from all the parties participate in the nomination or are we going to have a college of electors? This is what we are yet to agree,” said a lawyer involved in crafting the TNA/URP/UDF coalition. The lawyer, who did not want to be named, said the parties have no structures that would provide genuine delegates to participate in nominations.

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