KNUT elections To Be Overseen By IEBC As Sossion Confirms His Victory
Kenya Nation Union of Teachers, KNUT, has appointed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IEBC, to oversee its elections.
The voting will be in-person as per the green light by the ministry of health, but with strict adherence to covid-19 protocols.
“The elections will be held in strict compliance with the Covid-19 guidelines as issued by the Ministry of Health to avoid transmission of the dreaded virus within the delegates who will be attending the Special Delegates Conference,” said Knut Secretary-General,Wilson Sossion.
Part of the measures to be complied includes;
- a walk-in-walk-out voting pattern to avoid crowding.
- Delegates from 12 counties have be advised to travel on the election day to cast their votes and return home. This will apply to delegates from Nakuru, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Nyeri, Murang’a, Kirinyanga, Embu, Machakos, Makueni, Narok, and Kajiado will vote and leave same day.
- No night meetings and campaigns whatsoever will be conducted as delegates will remain in their hotel rooms.
- Delegates will also remain in their buses until they are called upon to vote
- And no campaigns will be entertained and strictly no posters will be allowed.
A total of 1,878 delegates from eight regional branches will vote.
The central region was allocated 211 delegates, Coast 139, Eastern 392, Nairobi 43, North Eastern 25, Nyanza 327, Western 238 and Rift Valley 503.
However, all candidates wishing to contest in the Saturday election must download, print and present their nomination papers at the venue of the election by close of business today.
“All those desiring to contest various seats should submit their nominations for candidature between 8am and 5pm Friday to the returning officer at the venue. Any late submissions shall not be accepted,” said Sossion.
Knut Deputy Secretary-General Hesbon Otieno said the nomination process and timeliness are acceptable by all contestants and the election will be done in full compliance with Covid-19 guidelines.
In his media briefing, Sossion said the elections will be about protecting teachers’ independence and challenging State interference.
“Whatever the case, I will be the secretary-general by 9am on Election Day,” said Sossion.
He said recent union elections have been marred by State interference and cautioned that the Knut exercise will not be devoid of external forces.
Sossion said he appointed IEBC to preside over the union elections after indications pointed at possible meddling of the voting exercise by the government.