ODM, URP, TNA seek parliament intervention on party funding
09 January 2014, 21:27
Nairobi - Political
parties are seeking Parliament’s intervention in the allocation of funding.
parties have asked the High court to direct an amendment to the Political Parties
Act to allow parties which did not qualify for funding to get a share.
named in the case include Orange Democratic Movement ODM, United Republican Party URP
and The National Alliance TNA.
to the lawyer representing TNA and URP, the House is better placed to make
are political parties which voted and acquired a certain percentage in the
General Election. The outcome would have been different if we were to come as a
coalition in court. Parliament is better placed to make any amendments even if
it seeks to reduce the percentage, the political parties funding Act complies
with the law as it is,” said the lawyer.
lawyer Simon Makori said it is important to have accurate results for the
allocation as per Section 24 (1) of the Political Parties Act.
Makori said the Act was passed to avoid mischief in funds allocation and
fact that most parties joined coalitions prior to the election brings to the
fore discrimination of the Act as it fails to recognize coalitions, they said.
expressed fear that since the Act talks of parties and not coalitions, they
might not get a share of the funding.
to the Act, parties which did not secure at least 5 per cent of the total votes
at the General Election or have more than two thirds of registered bearers from
the same gender are not entitled to the funds.
an affidavit sworn by the Registrar of Political Parties Lucy Ndung’u, the
computation for allocation of the monies is based on Treasury and the election
and the AG lawyers however said the Registrar of political parties is
implementing what Parliament enacted and therefore she cannot be faulted.
Court judge David Majanja directed that ruling be delivered on February 3 on
the disbursement of the political parties funding dispute.
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