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Elections on despite registrar’s advisory, FKF electoral board stays put

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Football Kenya Federation (FKF) national elections will go on as planned despite the advisory from the Sports Registrar who called for the postponement.

The registrar Rose Wasike among other incriminations, cites glaring anomalies in last month’s county elections while also faulting the federation for failing to comply with the 2013 Sports Act.

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Sports Registrar Rose Wasike has called for the postponement of FKF national elections. PHOTO/COURTESY

“Most of the counties that participated in the elections are said to have not been registered by my office by 19th September, 2020 therefore flouting section 46 (1) of the Sports Act (revised) edition which states that a body shall not operate as a sports organization unless its registered under the Act,” the letter addressed to FKF Chief Executive Officer Barry Otieno reads in part.

The letter by sports registrar Rose Wasike which among among other incriminations, cites glaring anomalies in last month’s county elections while also faulting the federation of failing to comply with the 2013 Sports Act.

In a phone interview with TV47 Sports Desk, FKF electoral board chairperson Kentice Tikolo however notes that the letter does not suspend the elections that have twice been halted by the Sports Disputes Tribunal.

“The letter does not stop the process. We are ready to go. The elections are still on but we are still waiting for further guidance,” Tikolo offered.

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FKF Electoral Board chairperson Kentice Tikolo (L) with FKF president Nick Mwendwa. PHOTO/COURTESY

The stakeholders have convened a crunch sitting just hours to the elections in a bid to alleviate the looming crisis.

“There is a meeting between the sports registrar, the Sports Disputes Tribunal, FKF, and the electoral board this afternoon,” Tikolo revealed.

The FKF national elections are set to be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, incumbent Nick Mwendwa seeking another term at the helm of Kenyan football.

Others in the presidential race are former FKF CEO Herbert Mwachiro, former AFC Leopards chairman Dan Mule, immediate former Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda and sports journalist Boniface Osano.

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