Independent candidates will be a force to reckon with- Salat to political parties
KANU Party Secretary General-Nick Salat now wants political parties in the country to engage and consider independent candidates ahead of the August general poll, as they can prove to be a dominant force in the next Parliament if they are able to win elections.
The independence party boss – who is vying for the Bomet senatorial seat – is wary that the number of independent legislators in the next August House might be significant enough to create a serious shift in the proceedings of the house.
He advised the Jubilee Party in particular to hold talks with the aspirants that lost in the just concluded party primaries to avert a potential crisis in the house.
Mr. Salat acknowledges that the party primaries were not free and fair, therefore some independent candidates are likely to win in the coming August Polls as they were the people’s choice.
“This (the independent candidates) is a disgruntled group because of sham primaries. They will bring in numbers and people will have to listen to them. The sooner political parties start consulting them the better. Imagine if about 30 of them come in parliament, you can’t just ignore them,” said Salat, in an interview with Hot 96.
Salat also expressed his worries on the preparedness of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), urging the electoral body to learn from the mistakes of political party primaries and deliver free, fair and credible elections to Kenyans.
“Nominations were not fair but I hope IEBC will give Kenyans a free and transparent election. I am going for senate Bomet County, I love competition myself. In 2013 my case went all the way to the supreme court but this time round am optimistic of a win,” added Salat.
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