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Published:January 16th, 2007 09:05 EST
Early Elections in Kenya Likely

Early Elections in Kenya Likely

By Juliet Maruru

Though Mr. Kivuitu did not elaborate, speculation over elections were recently heightened when President Kibaki disregarded calls for consultations with Opposition parties and named nine new Electoral Commissioners.

Orange Democratic Movement Kenya party leaders and lobby groups right away criticized President Kibaki’s appointment of ECK commissioners.

They said they wanted the Inter Party Parliamentary Group deal respected and other parties consulted in the nominations.

ODM-K presidential hopeful Kalonzo Musyoka said the move was dictatorial and an attempt by the President to rig the 2007 election.

This has roused speculation that an early election would most affect the ODM-K party negatively since they have not yet decided on a single party representative for the presidential seat.

The ODM-K party has several presidential hopefuls, including Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka, Hon. William Ruto, Hon. Najib Balala and Hon. Raila Odinga.

Mr. Samuel Kivuitu has stated that there are up to 76 political parties in Kenya. That means at least 76 presidential candidates for a nation of 30 million citizens.