Sports / Updates
Saturday, 22 Apr 2017 16:14 EAT
The Sports Registrar has been ordered to monitor the forthcoming National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) and Athletics Kenya (AK) elections.
Sports minister Dr Hasan Wario issued the orders to Sports Registrar Mary Wasike in ensuring that polls are free and fair. He said both organizations were very important in the sports industry as NOCK was the umbrella body of sports federation whereas AK is the goose that lays the golden egg.
“There’s need to ensure that the polls are free and fair so that credible leaders are voted in fairly and the people’s will prevails,” said the CS in Nairobi. The Olympics umbrella body will hold its polls on May 5 while for the local governing athletics body is polling on May 13. Wario said the polls are under scrutiny and are being watched by their parent bodies- international federations where Kenya risk sanctions if the elections are not transparent.
He said his directive should not be mistaken for interference in the affairs of the organizations as its in the government's interest to have fair play prevail adding that they didn't have a preferred candidate. The NOCK elections will be overseen by the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD)- a governance Non Governmental Organization. The AK elections will commence on April 27, 2017 at the ward level, proceeding to the sub county on May 2nd before moving on to the counties on May 6. Regional/branch polls on May 9,culminating in the national polls on May 13.
In NOCK, the legendary Hezekiah Kipchoge Keino will be defending his presidency and is expected to get the stiffest opposition ever in the polls at the helm of the local Olympics body from five-times World Cross Country champion Paul Tergat.
NOCK Secretary-General Francis K Paul
The secretary-general's seat, held by incumbent FK Paul, will be hotly-contested, having attracted four aspirants, including the incumbent who is defending his seat. Others jockeying for seat are Kenya Rugby Union Director of Development John Kilonzo, Kenya Hockey Union chairman Nahashon Randiek and Kenya Table Tennis Association chairman Andrew Mudibo.
The AK elections will be held for the first time in 24 years without the departed athletics supremo, the late Isaiah Kiplagat, who during his reign wielded a lot influence to determine the office bearers.
Kiplagat’s deputy, Jackson Tuwei, who ascended to power after Kiplagat was suspended by the International Associations of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 2015 will be seeking to get a fresh term as the AK chief. So far,no individual has expressed interest in the presidency as other hopefuls jostle for other positions.
Wario warned federations that have not complied with Sports Act of deregistration and directed the Sports Registrar to crack the whip. “There are no sacred cows in sports and for those who do not comply with Sports Act which is the law should not be spared,” he warned.