Football Kenya Federation General Secretary/CEO Barry Otieno has this afternoon unveiled the reconstituted FKF Electoral Board adopted at the January 2020 Special General Meeting.
The unveiling, held at the Electoral Board offices in Kasarani, sets the FKF Elections ball rolling with FIFA having directed the Kenyan FA to conclude the electoral process before March 30, 2020.
Communications Expert Kentice Tikolo will chair the board, with Patrick Onyango, who has worked with FIFA as a Sports Management Consultant serving as the secretary. Ali Hassan Kauleni, Alfred Ndinya and Samuel Karanja make up the five-member board.
“Our first assignment is to put together the electoral calendar by February 7. The calendar will be based on FIFA’s requirement that we have elections by March 30, 2020,” said Board Chairperson Kentice Tikolo during the unveiling.
“We are taking this electoral process very seriously and will ensure that it is credible and transparent,” she added.
County nomination period is expected to kick off on February 10, 2020, after which the Board will verify interested candidates and publish a preliminary list. The National Executive Committee (NEC) and presidential nomination process will then follow, in mid-February.
An appeals window will be opened for aspirants who express dissatisfaction with the Board’s decisions after which a final list of candidates will be published by the end of the month.
Meanwhile, the club nominal roll, as well as the voter register, will be scrutinized and published in March. Disputes will also be heard and resolved then.
The Board will then train returning officers who will be mandated with conducting the repeat elections.
FKF General Secretary/CEO Barry Otieno, in the meantime, cleared doubt surrounding the elections, reiterating the Federation’s stance in holding transparent and credible elections in line with its statutes. He also revealed Government’s backing in the exercise in light of their botched trip to FIFA Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
“We (FKF President and CEO) were meant to travel to Zurich alongside Sports CS Amb. Amina Mohamed, Sports Registrar Rose Wasike and Sports Disputes Tribunal Chairman John Ohaga,” said the CEO, whose appointment on an interim basis was early this year made permanent.
“We found local solutions. Now it’s up to the board to conduct elections as per FIFA’s directive,” added Mr. Otieno.
FKF President Nick Kwendwa will be looking to defend his seat. It is, however, not clear if he will have a challenger, as he was poised to run unopposed in the December 7 elections which were canceled by the Sports Disputes Tribunal, which cited inadequate public participation and an improperly constituted board.