FKF unveils new Electoral Board ahead of repeat polls
The FKF Electoral Board (L-R) Ali Hassan Kauleni, Chairperson Kentice Tikolo, Alfred Ndinya, FKF CEO Barry Otieno and Patrick Onyango during the unveiling of the new board at the FKF headquarters today. PHOTO/ COURTESY
NAIROBI, February 3, 2020: Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has today unveiled a five member Electoral Board marking the official commencement of the repeat branch and national elections set to be conducted before March 30, 2020.
FKF General Secretary Barry Otieno unveiled the team, which was adopted during the FKF's Special General Meeting (SGM) that was held last week on January 28 at the federation’s offices, Kandanda house in Nairobi.
The first order of business for the board that will be chaired by Kentice Tikolo will be to formulate the electoral calendar.
“We are taking this electoral process very seriously and will ensure that it is credible and transparent,” said Board chairperson Kentice Tikolo.
“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,” she added.
The board comprises of lawyer Patrick Onyango who following the rules of FIFA assumes the legal role and secretary to the board, Journalist Ali Hassan Kauleni, Veteran referee Alfred Ndinya, and Samuel Karanja.
"We must adhere to the timelines that FIFA gave to us and therefore the process of electing new office bearers will be complete by the end of March,” Otieno said.
The Sports Disputes Tribunal told us to take the electoral code back for public participation and having gone through the process, we feel that we have tried our best to fulfill all the requirements by the SDT since 80 delegates passed the code and the new board during the SGM," Otieno added.
According to the FKF constitution, the board is mandated with overseeing the National Elections and County Elections and may also appoint an individual or institution to oversee sub-county elections.
The Sports Disputes Tribunal nullified the county elections held in November last year, barred the national election that were scheduled to take place in December 2019 and quashed the FKF 2019 electoral board that was chaired by Professor Edwin Wamukoya.