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Small political parties denied funding

04 February 2014, 12:11

Nairobi - The High Court in Nairobi declared that small political parties in the country cannot access any funding through the Political Parties Fund.

JJustice David Majanja ruled that only those political parties that garnered at least 5 percent of the total votes cast during March 2013 general elections would qualify.

He added that only three political parties which include TNA, ODM and URP met the requirements and are therefore eligible to share the KES 210 million to be handed out to them by the Registrar of Political Parties.

Justice Majanja was ruling on a petition filed by the political parties’ forum coalition an umbrella group of several political parties in the country who had sought to be enjoined in the kitty claiming that sidelining them amounted to subversion of democracy.

“According to the political parties act Article (2), a political party shall not be entitled to receive funding if the party does not secure at least five per cent of the total number of votes of the preceding general elections,” said Justice Majanja.

“I therefore reject the petitioners as a result of the formula adopted for funding political parties,” added Justice Majanja.

This therefore leaves both the President’s political party TNA, Deputy President’s URP and retired Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s ODM as the only beneficiaries of the Political Parties Fund.

This move locks out up to 56 political parties not only from the Sh 210 million but also the 0.3 per cent of the annual revenue that should be shared amongst political parties yearly.

– CAJ News


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