The Registrar of political parties Ann Nderitu says she has received more than 1000 applications for new political parties ahead of the 2022General Election.
According to her, as the race towards the 2022 General Election heats up, the majority of leaders are in a rush to have their own vehicle thinking that having a party will give them an edge in negotiating for senior positions in their alliances.
“I would attribute this unprecedented registration to succession politics that require a lot of realignments. Certain politicians are thinking of alliances and having a party will give them an edge in negotiating for senior positions,” she said as quoted by the Standard Newspaper.
Among the parties seeking the registrar’s nod include Movement United for Super Action, Mkenya Daima Party, Chama Ya Mapatano Kenya, Common People’s Party, and Wakenya Sote Party.
Others include the New Dawn Party of Kenya, Daraja ya Kenya Party, National Economic Development Party, Adopt Development Assembly Party, The People’s National Republican Party, Kenya Union Party, Kenya Democracy for Change, Nationalist Patriotic Party and Vitendo na Sera Party.
The endless list adds up to the 72 registered political parties in Kenya.
She said some of these party leaders are proxies and are registering their parties because they think they can be easily rigged out while in other parties whereas others register parties to just sell certificates ahead of the election.
“From where we sit, it is difficult to know the people behind these parties. Some are proxies, who are ordinary Kenyans … others register thinking that people will be looking for a party to run to, or to sell a certificate,” she said.
She however affirmed that her office is in the final plans of moving membership registration to the E-citizen, a move she says will accelerate the process by reducing paperwork.