Kenya: A new twist on ODM for sharing party money

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has bet that partners in the dying National Super Alliance (Nasa) will share the party funds it received when it tried to oppose the Anne Nderitu party registration agency.

This despite the fact that the ODM had sent a letter to Mr. Nderitu asking him to call a meeting at the request of Kalonzo Musyoka, leader of the Democratic Wiper Movement.

“Our position is that NASA is not a secret organization, but a full alliance of registered political parties, governed by documents on file in your office, the contents of which are obvious. For this reason, I would like to ask the office to call a meeting of NASA members as soon as possible at Mushoka’s request, ”ODM General Secretary Edwin Sifna told Mr. Nderitu in a letter. Said.

The previous meeting was not held because Mr. Mushoka canceled it at the last minute, according to ODM officials.

The ODM, led by politician Raila Odinga, said the only way to share money is if it was received based on a presidential vote in the August 8, 2017 general election, Nderitu claimed. states that it is unconstitutional.

“The results of the August 8, 2017 presidential election have been declared invalid and cannot be used for legal purposes, such as the basis for calculating and distributing party funds. Hence it is illegal. It could be, ”said Nderitu. The October 15, 2019 letter was subsequently released by ODM in an ongoing battle with NASA partners to split the funding.

According to the ODM, Musalia Mudavadis Amani National Congress (ANC) and Moses Wetangula’s Ford Kenya have refused to contest Mudavadi’s discovery. It would have gone to a NASA subsidiary.

Mushoka met Odinga last week. This is an escalation to NASA’s affiliates requesting some of their ODM funding.

“The registrar was recorded based on the results of repeated presidential elections and as a result we can see that Jubilee receives three times as much as ODM,” said Sifuna.

“We believe the registrar is wrong in using election results other than the general election. [have asked our partners to] Help us go to the Supreme Court and come to a conclusion. You are not. “

Other selective contributions

In a poll that was invalidated in August 2017, Odinga received 6,822,812 (44%) against the 8,223,369 votes of President Kenyatta (54%).

When they were re-elected in October of the same year, President Kenyatta was registered with 7,483,895 votes (98.26%) and Odinga with 73,228 (0.96%).

Nderitu’s position means the ODM will not raise money based on the August 8th presidential vote, and the invalid polls won 6.8 million votes, earning the account millions of votes. Guaranteed.

However, the NASA parties claim that ODMs are really economical and have ignored some of the NASA agreements that need to be split on the basis of other seats even without the president’s voting share. ..

“If the coalition partner does not meet the funding threshold from the party fund, the allocation scheme takes into account the coalition power in parliament and the party’s contribution to the proportion of eligible parties in the fund,” said the coalition. 2017 Agreement 1 states. (E) About sharing funds.

However, Mr Schifna argues that this section is true, but based only on the forerunner, that a single coalition candidate must be jointly nominated in different seats and positioned against each other on different seats. He chose to support only one presidential candidate, a proposal that was rejected by the party.

In a previous interview on the subject, Mr Sifna Nation said: It was not a campaign for these candidates, it was actually defending the opposition against them. “

What the law says

Under current law, political parties must have at least 3 percent of the votes cast in the last general election to qualify. This is a strict arrangement that only Jubilee and ODM can meet.

The law also requires the party to have at least three elected governors, 20 members of the National Assembly, three of the 47 senators, and at least 40 members of the county council. There are.

The warning was issued by major domestic political parties such as Wiper, ANC, Senator Baringo Gideon Mois Kanu, Ford Kenya and Maendeleo Chap Chap by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua (a national affairs actor). This means that you are not entitled to any funding.

“How do you describe a formula that only benefits the two big parties? Funding controls the number of votes each party receives, evidence of their next hard work, the money they make and the party. ”Jane Nil, PPLC Women’s Caucus Vice Chair and Ford Asiri representative, said.

PPLC is now an official fund-sharing scheme where 75% of the money is distributed to all parties and 15% equally divided between the registered parties that took part in the vote, according to the votes cast in the last election. Request a review.

The warning is that such parties should have at least one elected member at the county or state level, the PPLC group proposed in a comprehensive recommendation.

In order to manage the funds, 10 percent must therefore be divided equally between the register of parties and the PPPL.

Fringe party

A move by a previously disbanded, unqualified party means that at least 69 parties with at least one elected leader could soon be promoted in Kenya.

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They said it was a little fringe party but it couldn’t be ignored.

According to the PPLC, 69 political parties other than the Big Five occupy 88 of the 290 elected seats and 529 of the 1,450 district parliamentarians (MCA).

Also, each party must have at least 24,000 unique members in the country before registering (in most cases this is considered to be at least 30,000). That means 69 parties have a membership base of at least 2.1 million.

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The Treasury must provide at least 0.3 percent of the revenue of the governments of the countries that have been examined and approved by parliament for party funds.

Among the voters, the fund is divided 80% according to the total number of votes cast in the last election and 15% according to the number of party candidates from interest groups.

5 percent goes to the party’s registrars to manage the fund.

In the 2019/20 financial year, for example, Jubilee was allocated ATS 564.2 million and ODM ATS 363.5 million of ATS 871.2 million.

In the current fiscal year, which ended this month, the fund was allocated 795.2 million schillings, Jubilee 515 million schillings and ODM 240.5 million schillings.

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