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Unregistered federations to be barred from Nock polls

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Sports registrar of Kenya Ross Wasike address the media during the Ministry of sports and ...
Sports registrar of Kenya Ross Wasike address the media during the Ministry of sports and Kenya Airways KQ partnership at Kencom house in Nairobi on September 7,2017.Photo/Oliver Ananda/www.sportpicha.com

Sports Registrar Rose Wasike has vowed to block any unregistered federation from participating in the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) elections slated for 29th of September.

Wasike has urged Nock to follow the right principals in the elections, failure to which she will declare the results null and void.

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Speaking at Ministry of Sports Art and Culture, the Registrar also explained that she will not recognize any federations without a Certificate of Registration.

Wasike directed Nock to paragraph 81 D of the constitution, Second Schedule of matters to be provided for in the constitution of Sports Organizations.

It says the elections shall be held in accordance to the general principles for the electoral system as stipulated in Article 81 of the Kenyan Constitution.

The Registrar added that her role is to regulate sports organizations hence they also have to follow paragraph 20 of the Sports Registrar rules and regulations of September 2, 2016.

Paragraph 20 states that the elections of an organization shall be held in accordance with the rules provided in its constitution.

It instructs organizations seeking elections, to appoint an independent panel with at least five members to conduct the elections.

It also allows observers form the Ministry and the Registrar’s office to be present during the exercise.

“The role of the Registrar is to regulate sports organizations, hence vetting must there according to Chapter six of the Constitution of Kenya. An independent body should be the one conducting and presiding over the elections.  So I will be there, as an observer and I will ensure that if they don’t follow those principals, I will not accept the results,” a charged Wasike said.

In Article 20 (2) f, gives the Electro Body mandate to ensure that all nominated candidate obtain clearance from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation, Kenya Revenue Authority, e Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the Credit Reference Bureau and the Higher Education Loans Board.

During their Extra Ordinary Assembly meeting on September 5, Nock set September 29 as the elections date. However, the national body accused Center for Multiparty Democracy of Kenya (CMD) of ‘over stepping their mandate’.

Nock Assistant Treasurer Stephen Arap Soi said that they will give CMD proper guidance on what they need to do after accusing them of acting beyond their powers and vetting Nock members.

It’s now up to Kenya Taekwondo Association, Kenya Rowing and Canoe Association, Kenya Cycling Federation, Kenya Amateur Weightlifting Association and Badminton Kenya to get their houses in order if they have to vote at the forthcoming elections.

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