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Party primaries a lesson to learn

05 February 2013, 13:05 Paul Orodi

Although we all champion for democratic elections that are peaceful, free and fair, we can never be all in the same boat.

The recent party primaries are a testimony to that very fact.

Their arrangement, prior planning and consequent execution portrayed a picture that was not very pleasing to the eye.

Calls to have the primaries conducted through the IEBC were futile as politicians had their own plans and motives.

The IEBC is a credible body that, if given chance, would conduct a nomination process that would have left almost everyone satisfied and of course there would be no interruptions.

From the start of the exercise, the various political parties had issues both in house and from external environment.

Different candidates expressed dissatisfaction in the way the process was to be conducted.

When you have discontented parties in a process that is yet to start, that is a clear sign that the process should be reviewed critically before execution.

Worries automatically grow into suspicions and later on become cries of foul play and unfairness.

The exercise which was supposed to be carried out on the 17th of January 2013, ended up being conducted the next day by some parties while others conducted the nomination for two straight days.

This is an indication of poor execution of laid down plans.

In an election that is intended to free and fair, there should no room for any hitches or unwanted incidents.

There is no election that can be held on two consecutive days and claim to be free and fair and neither can a postponement of an election to the next day.

Many contestants have come on board the complaints boat and are seeking retribution.

The law clearly states that nomination certificates must be presented to the winners who were supposed to present them to the IEBC exactly 45 days before the Election Day or earlier.

With the current confusion and last minute rushes, the country has watched as the rules and laws are broken by almost all parties.

However, the fascinating thing is that with all the rule - breaking around, there is barely room to solve the election disputes in an amicable manner that symbolizes true justice.

How the disputes will be resolved will automatically leave many contestants unhappy and dissatisfied with the processes.

All the uncertainty and irregular acts by parties is because the two crucial bills were watered down to merely spell the obvious rather than enforce the law and instil sanity in our already insane world of politics.

We need to have these acts reviewed and redrafted in order to have it create some positive impact around.

Next time we have primaries, I propose that the IEBC be left to handle the whole process.

Political parties should give the IEBC a draft of where they want the nominations conducted and consequently, draft a proposed budget to be financed by the party.

This way we will have credible elections that will reflect the will of the people and not the interests of party ‘big wigs’.

This way, the nominations can also be done in time so as to avoid a situation where it’s a two-day affair or postponement.

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