Tense wait for Nock elections

Tense wait for Nock elections

The National Olympic Committee Olympic of Kenya (Nock) Electoral Board has agreed to additional candidates but will be subjected to Elective General Assembly on September 29 for determination.

This was agreed after a consultative meeting between the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD), Nock and other stakeholders in Nairobi on Tuesday.

The Elective General Assembly will also decide if Kenya Weightlifting Amateur Association, Kenya Rowing and Canoeing Association, Kenya Cycling Federation, Badminton Kenya and Kenya Taekwondo Association will be accommodated as voters.

The five federations were denied certificate of registration in accordance to the Sports Act of 2013 by the Sports Registrar Rose Wasike.

This was after they presented the registrar with two warring factions and the unresolved disputes in court.

Wasike had threatened to nullify the long overdue elections if federations that have not complied with the Sports Act are allowed to vote.

“We are reading from the same script and there are legal instruments that govern this. Apart from the Nock constitution, we are governed by the Sports Act and the Supreme law of the land. The Sports Act is clear and we have been singing to them to meet the requirements,” Irene Tindi, CMD’s secretary told Citizen Digital

She added: “It’s up to the warring federations to clear their court cases but we’ll have to subject them to the Elective General Assembly to decide if they will admit them in contempt of court,” Tindi charged.

However, Paul Tergat, who is gunning for the Nock chairman’s post said,  “whatever we were discussing here is very important but we need to see through the elections are done and I am asking the Elective General Assembly to make a sound decision when they converge next week,” Tergat who had a decorated stint between the track winning several honours, said

Athletics Kenya president Rtd General Jackson Tuwei also recommend  that a further date be set to deal with the disputes before the elections are held.

“My recommendation is that we deal with the five federations before the actual date since in the last meeting we had a court order stopping the elections. How then can we be assured that this will not happen again next week?”

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