Democracy NGO begin elections process for Olympic body

Democracy NGO begin elections process for Olympic body
Photo: Athletics legend Kipchoge Keino cats his vote during the last National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) elections. PHOTO: JAMES MAGAYI

Centre for Multi-Party Democracy (CMD) will conduct the much-awaited National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) elections where legendary former athlete Paul Tergat is widely expected to replace another track icon Kipchoge Keino as president on May 5.

NOC-K will go to the polls under a new, negotiated constitution, which bars the incumbent 14-person board from voting. One official of duly registered federations will take part in the polls that are set to usher in sweeping governance changes.

A four-person elections board comprising Omweri Angima as chairman, Irene Tindi as secretary, Duncan Anzala and Carey Onyango as members are already effecting an election roadmap which commenced on April 13 with the official calling of the polls.

Candidates for various positions in the forthcoming polls have until 5pm today to collect nomination forms from the board’s secretariat at International House. The forms are to be returned tomorrow to pave way for the verification of voters and candidates, a process that will take four days.

Aggrieved persons have up to April 25 to lodge complaints to the board for determination. Owing to the short timeline, the board will assemble the cleared candidates for an initial briefing on April 26 with final briefing set for the elections day.

CMD-Kenya has become the polls management organisation of choice for sports federations in the country. CMD presided over a highly publicised football elections last year seem to have earned the trust of the now maligned NOC-K board. The NOC-K board appointed CMD to manage the polls during a special sitting on April 12.

The forthcoming elections are a culmination of months of agitation by federations, government and even the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for incumbent NOC-K officials to level the playing field by expunging the contested constitutional clause, which allowed them to vote alongside federations.

Kipchoge Keino has defied calls for his retirement in the face of an impending embarrassing ouster during the May 5th polls.

The aging track veteran who won Kenya’s first Olympic gold in 1972 laughed off the challenge from Kiplagat saying he would trounce the five times World Cross Country champion.

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